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Blind Date with a Cookbook Video Contest

During the month of January the Coralville Public Library is taking submissions for our Blind Date with a Cookbook Video Contest.  Pick up your Blind Date (a brown paper covered cookbook you are welcome to keep) at the Library.  Pick a recipe to make and create a video about it.  The winning video in each category—children, teen, & adult—will receive a $50 Hy-Vee gift card.

Thank You

Hy-Vee Employee owned

for donating our prizes!

Video Details

  • Introduce your blind date cookbook and tell us which recipe you chose to try.
  • Tell us about and/or show the cooking/baking of the recipe.
  • Minimum video length is 30 seconds, maximum video length is 5 minutes.
  • Be creative and challenge yourself to try something new!
Brown paper wrapped book with a paper tag reading Blind Date with a Cookbook.

Contest Details

  • Video submissions must be emailed to by January 31, 2024. Contact reference— or 319-248-1850—if you need help submitting your video.
  • The contest form, found below, must be filled out and submitted by January 31, 2024.
  • One video submission per person.
  • The contest winner will be announced in February.  Library staff will choose three finalists for each category.  There will be a public vote on the Library’s website and social media to determine the winner.
  • Submitted videos will be available on the Library website and on the Library’s social media.


  • Do I have to make a video to participate in the challenge?
    Everyone is welcome and encouraged to take a Blind Date Cook Book and participate in the challenge – make a recipe from a mystery cook book.  To be eligible for the the contest prize you need to make a video.
  • Do I have to follow the recipe exactly?
    No, you are welcome to modify the recipe to meet your dietary needs and preferences.
  • How are the winners chosen?
    The top three videos for each category, chosen by library staff, will be put up to a public vote the first week in February.
  • Is there a prize for the winners?
    First place winners in each category – children, teen & adult – will win a $50 Hy-Vee gift card.  Second place winners will receive a $20 Hy-Vee gift card, and third place winners will receive a $10 Hy-Vee gift card.  A big thank you to Hy-Vee for donating our prizes!

Contest Form