Gallery: The 11th Annual Edible Book Festival (Monday, April 4, 2016, University YMCA)

The always unique creations of our local edible books creators made the 11th Annual Edible Book Festival a success! A big thanks goes to all of our volunteers and to our judges Sarah Buckman, Peggy and Chris Huson, and Lindsey Spoden, who gave their comments with wit and thoughtfulness. Thanks to the University Library, Sandy Wolf, The Center for Children's Books at GSLIS, Espresso Royale at the Undergraduate Library, the Common Ground Food Co-op, and members of the Edible Book Festival Planning Team for their generous prize donations. Thanks to Jaena Manson for designing this year's poster and web image, and thanks to Bea Nettles for once again taking our beautiful photos!

Best Deconstructed Entry Winner of Healthiest Creation Winner of most socially responsible Winner of Best Collaboration Best Depiction of a Classic Winner of Most Appetizing Winner of Funniest/Punniest Winner of People's Choice

2016 Festival Award Categories

2016 Judges

The Winning Entries
Image of a cake of Alice in Wonderland book Image of flower ball Image of berries being lined up for execution

Best Depiction of a Classic

Best Visual Presentation 

Special Award: Best Execution

Alice in Wonderland
Created by Shilpi Saxena

Flower Ball
Created by Jen-chien Yu and Adelaide Kota

Tale of Two Berries
Created by Nicole Helregel and William Hunnicutt



Image of a cake with a mouse and cookies on top Image of bears made of flan

Image of a catcher in some rye on a cake

Most Appetizing


Best Collaborative Creation

Give a Mouse a Cookie Flan of Cave Bear Catcher in the Rye
Created by Laura and Loralee Wilson Created by Tom Ackerman and Liz Menderley

Created by Cathy Blake and Craig Evans



Heidi landscape Image of an alligator made out of vegetables Image of a pie, an empty pie tin, and baking supplies

Best Entry Based on a Children's/Teen's Book & People's Choice

Special Award: Healthiest Creation

Special Award: Best Deconstructed Entry

Heidi Swamplandia
Life of Pie
Created by Brianna Lawrence Created by Jody Ford

Created by Eva Miller

A cake that looks like earth with orange blown sugar around the circumference

Special Award: Most Socially Responsible

Global Warming
Created by Shilpi Saxena


Other Entries
Cake with scenes from Peter Pan A hamonica made of brownie A bowl of chili and a heel of bread
Peter Pan
Echo-Otto's Harmonica
Iliad -A chili les heel
Created by Caitlin Rosenstein Created by Wren Hagen Created by Carol Nunn-Michol



Hard boiled eggs that look like chickens A house made of cake with a sidewalk made of mango

Progresso Soup can with a pilgrim hat on it

Chicken Little
House on Mango Street
Pilgrim's Progresso
Created by Susan Bekiares Created by YWCA of the U of I Created by Rare Book and Manuscript Library



Cover of the Invisible Man by H.G. wells with an empty flan cup

A growler of beer with Shakespeare on with, root beer cans around it A blue cake with candy decorations
The Invisible Flan
The 14th Goldfish

Created by Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Created by Rare Book and Manuscript Library Created by Simran Manka
Cake with a moon and star Book cake with Dr. Seuss hat
Midnight's Children
One Cake, Two Cake, Three Cake
    Created by Vasundhara Vigh       Created by Priya Soni  and Aashay Patel