The Edible Book Festival is an event held on or around April 1 worldwide. This is the university’s third and largest festival yet and is sponsored by the University Libraries and the Co-op.
Most of the artists who contributed creations for the venue are graduate students in the Masters of Library Sciences Program or employees of the university’s libraries.
Digital Librarian Eric Cartier brought the event with him when he moved to College Park from the University of Texas three years ago. “[I] arrived here and couldn’t believe it didn’t occur,” Cartier said.
“It’s a great outreach opportunity, I think,” he said. “We’re engaging with the university community and [saying] libraries are here as a resource for you, and we’re fun. We have a sense of humor.”
Ashwini Udaya Suriyan uses honey wheat braids, goat cheese and olives to create an edible version of Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” (Jack Angelo/Bloc Reporter)
Blaze Buck and James Spring remember the Fifth of November with “V for Vienna (Sausage).” (Jack Angelo/Bloc Reporter)
Aaron Ginoza recreates “Swiss Family Robinson’s” cover with broccoli, Swiss cheese and crackers. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Reporter)
Andrea Norris uses “The Science of Hitting” as an inspiration for her pinata and breadstick combination. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Reporter)
Graduate student Maria Sampogna spins a classic dish of Liver and Onions into “Lady Chatterly’s Liver,” an adaptation of the DH Lawrence novel. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Reporter)
A much lighter take on the subject matter of “Severed” by Frances Larson comes in the form of Katherine Ayerst’s Chocolate Cake Ball heads. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Reporter)
Edie Sadler creates a creative and elaborate piece entitled “Alice in Gingerbreadland.” (Jack Angelo/Bloc Reporter)
Amanda Hawk stretches the wordplay a bit with “Key-Lime and Punishment.” (Jack Angelo/Bloc Reporter)
Kristy Robb uses a vegan blueberry muffin with googly eyes to represent “The Muffin Man.” (Jack Angelo/Bloc Reporter)