C-U Edible Book Festival 2019
Time:Begins at 11:30 AM
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What is the Edible Book Festival?
Around April 1st, 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.
The Champaign-Urbana Edible Book Festival is sponsored by the University Library and Common Ground Coop, and supported by the generous help of campus and community volunteers and prize donors. It is a fundraiser to support the crucial work of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
Categories will include:
Best Depiction of a Classic
Best Visual Presentation
Best Entry Based on Book for Children or Teens (Award sponsored by the Center for Children’s Books.)
Best Collaborative Creation
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 UIUC & Champaign-Urbana communities. For inspiration, take a look at entries in the galleries below. 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 for the 2019 Edible Book Festival
- 9:30-11:00am – Participants drop off edible entries Common Ground Coop, Lincoln Square Mall (we’ll be in the hallway just outside the store)
- 11:00-11:30am – Judging
- 11:30am – Public viewing begins
- 12:10pm – Welcome, judges’ commentary, and awards
- 12:45pm – Eating of books
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