Ivy Tech welcomes public to Edible Book Festival April 1

Sophie Isch took third place for her chocolate cake inspired by “The Secret Garden" at the 2018 event. BRIDGETT HERNANDEZ

FORT WAYNE — Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne invites the public to bring their appetites and love of literature to the Edible Book Festival noon to 2 p.m. April 1 at the Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive.

The event is an annual, worldwide event that invites participants to create edible books to be exhibited for, then enjoyed by, festival attendees. Participants create a dish based on a book, book title or pun of a book title.

This is the festival’s 13th year at Ivy Tech, and it’s free and open to the public.

This year’s event will feature 31 entries from local businesses, food artists and Ivy Tech students and staff. Some highlights include:

  • A visual communications student is presenting an entry based on a book she is writing for an independent study course.
  • Half-Price Books is participating for the second year in a row, this year with an entry based on the book If You Give a Dog a Donut.
  • Eleven students from Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Hospitality Administration Program are entering as part of a class project.

Participants compete to win one of three People’s Choice awards, a Best Tasting Entry award, or a new award at this year’s festival: Funniest Entry.