Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

From Faribault: Food art with a literary twist March 30, 2019

The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck inspired this cookie sheet sized gingerbread man.


BOOKS INSPIRED FOOD ART on Saturday at the annual Buckham Memorial Library Edible Books Festival & Competition.


A staff entry based on The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.


From simple


Another detailed family entry based on one of my favorite childhood books.


to extraordinarily detailed,


The Three Pigs inspired another entry.


That Three Pigs entry judged most humorous in the families category.


the creativity of the book-based entries always impresses me.


The Jungle Book inspired The People’s Choice Award.


A close-up of the jungle.


The entire The Jungle Book entry.


Rules call for artwork to be made only of edible materials, although the entries are meant to be viewed only, not eaten. All must represent a book or a literary theme.


Based on the book Prime Cut by Diane Mott Davidson.




Staff entries.


This year 14 units—most created by families and the rest by individuals and City of Faribault staff—comprised the festival.



I especially love that families work together to create their literary masterpieces. While I photographed the event, I watched participating families arrive with parents, grandparents and siblings and pose for photos.


One of the many awards given.


Based on the book The Hunger Games.


A Friends of the Library volunteer served book-themed cake to guests.


Anytime kids get excited about books and the library is, in my opinion, a win. To read and to love reading opens the doors to learning and growing your world, your education, your imagination. And your creativity.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


16 Responses to “From Faribault: Food art with a literary twist”

  1. What a cool event!!!

  2. I loved looking at these entries, a lot of creativity went on with this event. Very fun!

  3. valeriebollinger Says:

    What a creative idea…sounds like a lot of fun for families or kids, and a great way to promote literature.

  4. Susan Ready Says:

    OMG I had to miss this an event I would have loved to see-such creativity bursting promoting love of books .

  5. Bella Says:

    Oh my goodness what a great idea to promote literacy and I has to miss it-thanks for sharing

  6. Such clever entries! The Three Little Pigs made me laugh and I added another book to read (The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake). What a creative idea to inspire reading and involve the entire family.

  7. What FUN – oh so COOL and Creative – thanks so much for sharing 🙂 Happy Day – Enjoy!

  8. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    They are all cute but my favorite is The Jungle Book!

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