Dordt College News

Edible Book Contest a delicious success

April 19, 2011

The Dordt College Hulst Library held a competition that students, staff, and community members could really sink their teeth into.

The first annual Edible Book Contest was held during National Library Week on Friday, April 15. The entries had to be edible and had to have something to do with books.

“Since this was the first year we tried an Edible Book Contest, we really had no idea how many entries to expect. So we were thrilled to end up with 24 incredible entries,” said Sheryl Taylor, director of library services.

Of the entries, about half were made by Dordt students and the rest were submitted by staff and community members.

Entries were judged on taste and best book interpretation. Dordt College Provost Erik Hoekstra, The Fruited Plain owner and Dordt alumnus Laremy De Vries, and student Kelsey Reitsma served as the judges. “I think the judges were surprised at how full they got from having one little bite of 20-some desserts.”

A People’s Choice Award was also given, with 265 people voting for their favorite entry.

Best Book Interpretation award went to Kati Marsh for The Giving Tree. Best Tasting award went to Kirbee Nykamp for Book-lava (Baklava). People’s Choice award went to Emily Entsminger for Harry Potter.

Most of the entries were cakes with icing. However, some of the more unique entries included meatloaf with green eggs and ham on top, baklava, and a cheesecake with brussel sprouts for decoration.

After judges had announced their winners, the eating began. “For the next hour people were free to taste the entries, and believe me, they did,” said Taylor.

As for next year’s library week celebrations, “We will definitely be doing this again,” said Taylor. “We’ve already met to talk about what we can do to improve the contest. We’re thinking of adding a few more categories, upping the prize money, and including second place winners.”

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