The 2019 Edible Book Festival…

Fashion a book out of food…

Ara Library will be hosting an Edible Book Festival event on Monday 12th August- and we would love for you to play your part!



What is an Edible Book?

We need you to put your thinking cap on and decide how you could represent your favourite book in the medium of food, or how you can make your favourite food into an edible book…

You can also have a look online for other edible book competitions for inspiration.

There are prizes for the most imaginative, humorous, best tasting and most representative entries.

Here are a couple of entries from previous years to get you thinking:

‘Queen of Hearts’ from Through the looking glass or Alice in Wonderland, a 2018 winning entry
Sweetland, by Micheal Crummey (2018 competition)


If you like to bake, carve, decorate, shape or otherwise play with your food then this is the competition for you.


‘Some Pig”, Charlottes Web written by E.B White (2013 competition)


Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck (2016 competition)
wedding bees
The Wedding Bees, by Sarah Kate Lynch (2018 competition)


How to participate in the 2019 Ara Edible Book Competition

To participate: at the City Campus submit entries to the Library between 8-9 am on Monday 12th August. At Timaru Campus please give your entries to Helen at the Library. Other campuses, if you wish to participate please photograph your entry and email to The photographed entries will be printed and displayed in the Atrium at the Rakaia Centre, City Campus.

All entries are eligible to win a prize.



What if I cant bake, can I still participate?

If baking and making is not your thing then come along on Monday 12th August from 10am to view the entries. Vote for your People’s Choice entry. The winners will be announced at 12.15 and then the real fun begins; eating the winning entries…..

Alright everyone….time to get your bake on!!!

Salon Culinaire

Over the next two days, CPIT’s School of Food & Hospitality is host to the South Island’s prestigious food and hospitality service industry competition: Salon Culinaire. Spectators can watch chefs, baristas and waiters battle to win awards in 39 different categories, ranging from the Moffat South Island Restaurant of the Year award, to events for Danish pastries, curry dishes, and innovative vegetarian cuisine. Barista competitions are being held in the Atrium, so stop by to show your support to competing CPIT students.  A formal awards ceremony takes place at 7pm on Wednesday 30th June at Visions restaurant. 

If Salon Culinaire has got you inspired to improve your culinary skills, why not take a look at the Library’s food and hospitality resources. We have lots of cookery books to suit all levels of skill and ability, including those from celebrity chefs such as Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal, as well as more advanced titles (Professional Chef and On Cooking), and books on a variety of cuisines from all around the world.

If you’d rather someone else did the cooking (and the washing up!), you can read up on the latest restaurant reviews on the DineOut website, or try the magazines Cuisine and Cafe for other suggestions.