Eat your words as edible book contest writes new chapter

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 March, 2008, 12:00am

The Edible Book competition is back, and their clever slogan this year is 'where books are created to be devoured'.

The event first began in the United States, and the Garnaut sisters, Louise and Michelle, brought it to the city last year. Basically, the charity-focused challenge invites people to creatively make something edible - no, paper doesn't count - resembling a book in shape and form, or inspired by a title, character or pivotal literary scene.

All the entries will be displayed on April 5 at Exchange Square's Rotunda until an afternoon tea, when a panel of food and book experts will decide which is the most witty, the most tasty, and the most professional entry. Prizes include vouchers to M at The Fringe and Bookworks.

There's also a separate prize category for local and international primary and secondary schools. Most importantly, all proceeds from the event will go to the St James' Settlement People's Food Bank, which helps the homeless and hungry.

For now, they're inviting people to enter and create novel dishes or cakes with characters.

There is an entry fee (individual and corporate rates), but everyone who makes something will be invited to the afternoon tea where they can nibble on each other's chapters.

Competition entry forms and suggestions on how to make an edible book can be found at the website, or by calling the organiser's hotline on 2810 7787.

If you prefer just to support the cause by showing up at the afternoon tea, the cost is HK$150. Tickets are on sale at Dymocks stores.