Edible Book Festival 2017

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Sat, 4/1/2017
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11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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What is the Edible Book Festival?

Around April 1st of each year, bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers around the world gather to celebrate the book arts and the (literal!) ingestion of culture. Participants create an "edible book," which can be inspired by a favorite tale, involve a pun on a famous title, or simply be in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc). All entries will be exhibited, documented, then EATEN! Photographs of all edible books will appear in the Edible Book Festival gallery.

2017 Festival Award Categories

Starting to think about your edible creation for this year's festival? Consider fitting your entry to one or more of these prize categories!

  • Best Depiction of a Classic
  • Best Visual Presentation
  • Most Appetizing
  • Funniest/Punniest
  • Best Entry Based on Book for Children or Teens (Award sponsored by the Center for Children's Books.)
  • Best Collaborative Creation
  • People's Choice

Who can participate?

Whether you're a professional chef or just like to play with your food, the festival is open to anyone in the Champaign-Urbana communities.  For inspiration, take a look at entries from last year's event, available in the 2016 Gallery, or see the galleries for all previous years in the left navigation bar. If you don't have time to make your own edible entry, join us in admiring and eating the delicious creations at 11:30 am!

Schedule Details

Public viewing will start at 11:30 am, judging and awards will be at 12:15 pm, and we'll start digging in at 12:45 pm!

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