Are You There Cod? It’s Me, Margarita - The incredible Edible Book Festival

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ellie Patterson "Pear Wants S’more"

Text by Pam Thompson, Photos by Bob Pfeiffer

What event had people of all ages exclaiming over creative entries, puns, literary interpretations, humor and good taste? Why of course it was another incredible edible - the 4th Annual Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council Edible Book Festival.

This year there were 41 entries comprised of 28 Adult and 13 K-12 interpretations of literary tomes. 202 people voted for their favorite entry – The People’s Choice Award.

Kali Esancy "20,000 Leeks Under the Sea"

Thirty prizes were awarded in front of a large crowd of hungry hordes. It was estimated that approximately 300 people came to admire and exclaim over the creative entries.

Many thanks to Third Place Commons for the use of their space, Third Place Books for the ten first place prizes, Friends of the Lake Forest Park Library for a terrific book selection for prize-winners, our wonderful judges - Patricia Byrnes, Scott Davis, Susan Jones and Kalee Shearer.

Hana Butler "Escape From Mr. Lemon Jello’s Library"

A big thank you to the Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council for their support and Edible Book Festival “swag” (tea towels and aprons silk-screened with the Edible Book Festival Logo). Look for them at the Arts Council Gallery at Lake Forest Park Town Center. A special thank you to all the wonderful friends and volunteers who made this event go smoothly.

After prizes were awarded, everyone was invited to devour the books. It was an unforgettable and delicious time.

Anjala Berryman "Starry Sliver of a Pie"

Do you want to do more than eat your words?

Mark your calendar for next year’s festival which will be held on Saturday, April 1, the actual birth date of of French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755–1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food. It was in his honor that the International Edible Book Festival was begun in 2000. Start planning now for your entry for next year. Each year is better than the last.

Would you like to improve next year’s event? Email your suggestions for prize categories. 

Bennett Haselton "Are You There Cod? It’s Me, Margarita"

Drum roll please! Here are the 2016 Winners


  • 1st Place Bennett Haselton Are You There Cod? It’s Me, Margarita
  • 2nd Place Kali Esancy 20,000 Leeks Under the Sea
  • 3rd David C. Atlas Slugged
  • 1st Place Ellie Patterson Pear Wants S’more
  • 2nd Place Hana Butler Escape From Mr. Lemon Jello’s Library
  • 3rd Place Anjala Berryman Starry Sliver of a Pie
David C. "Atlas Slugged"

Best Visual Presentation

  • 1st Place Norma Middleton Bird By Bird
  • 2nd Place Doug Subcleff Tibetan Peach Pie
  • 3rd Place Carla Fisher Cheerios of Fire
  • 1st Place Alex Gonzalez The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • 2nd Place Theo Morehead Big Bait Strikes Again
  • 3rd Place Emma Markwardt Mr. Popcorn’s Peepquin
Jen Wilkinson "Green Legs of Spam"

Most Creative Use of Ingredients

  • 1st Place Jan Fahey Words on Birds
  • 2nd Place Scott Shiebler Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • 3rd Place Lynne Wilson It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?
  • 1st Place Kiran Berryman Go Hotdog Go 
  • 2nd Place Sarah and Katherine Haycox The Wonton and Only Drive In
  • 3rd Place Eva and Sophie Katsilometes Skippy Jon Scones
Herb Bryce "The Old Man and the C"

Special Judges Award

  • 1st Place Jamie Untz Portrait of a Lady(finger)
  • 2nd Place Herb Bryce The Old Man and the C 
  • 3rd Place Jen Wilkinson Green Legs of Spam
  • 1st Place Isaac Liljegren Two Little Savages
  • 2nd Place Madelyn Sololowski The Lightning Beef
  • 3rd Place Naomi Butler Ever After Pie
Kiran Berryman "Go Hotdog Go"

People’s Choice Award

  • 1st David C. Atlas Slugged
  • 2nd Herb Bryce The Old Man and the C
  • 3rd Bennett Haselton Are You There Cod? It’s Me Margarita
  • 1st Ellie Patterson Pear Wants S’more
  • 2nd and 3rd place tie
    • Sarah and Katherine Haycox The Wonton and Only Drive In
    • Kiran Berryman Go Hotdog Go 

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council was primary sponsor of the 4th Edible Books Festival, with Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park as sponsor and venue location.


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