Edible Book Fair returns in person after two years online – The Sunflower

The state of Wichita hosted the edible book fair in-person this year after two years of hosting it virtually. Students, staff and faculty are invited to the event to design desserts inspired by a book or character. The idea came from the Dean of Libraries, Kathy Downes.

“It’s exciting to be back after being exclusively online,” said event organizer Kelsey Unruh.

Library staff originally planned to move the fair online for 2020 and 2021. Participants took photos of their dessert and posted it online for judging. Event participants could virtually vote for their favorite dessert.

The fair took place in person on April 1st this year. The participants brought their desserts to the Albah Library for the exhibition. Contestants flocked to the library throughout the day and were encouraged to anonymously vote for their top three favorite desserts. Marbles were placed in a brown paper bag with the book title and author printed on the front, and the identity of the baker was unknown.

This was the second year that staff member Rachel Crane participated.

“When the edible book festival comes up, you think of books with food in the title,” Crane said.

For her first post, Crane designed a pizza with a face on it. This year, she was inspired by Polly Harvard’s children’s novel Everything on a Waffle.

The desserts do not have to have a specific character. Designs can also be a cover, a play on words, or the general theme of a novel.

“I’m just trying to come up with good book covers, like something I could just do the book with, but it would look good,” said librarian Maria Sclafani.

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