CREATIVITY and cookery skills were brought together in Mountmellick Library last Friday for the Eat a Book competition, which saw nearly 20 local entries from young and old.
Judges were astounded with the high standard of the creative cakes, as well as with the imagination of the ideas. Breda Connell from the library was also delighted with the results. “There were some really good entries this year, especially in our new primary schools category. The children put a lot of work and effort into their cakes and it was really nice to recognise them. But all the cakes were presented beautifully”.
A cake called Bird Song won best in show, but it was a tough decision for the judges with a wide variety and very high standard to choose from. The criteria for entries was to produce something edible that was connected to books. Judges for this year’s competition included the manager of Supervalu in Mountmellick, Eunice Burns from The Rose Room Bistro, Nora O’ Reilly from Nora’s Cake Shop and Maggie from Maggie’s Sandwich Bar, who also generously gave prizes to each of the winners.
Judges gave over an hour marking each of the entries, which were graded by taste, presentation and creativity. Librarian Ms Connell said that there is a lot of talent in the locality. “People really get involved and take an interest which is great. We are also helping people to enjoy the space here, it is such a lovely space.” And although not everybody won a prize, all was not lost as the afternoon was spent tasting the wonderful wares.