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Join us for the 13th annual Champaign-Urbana Edible Book Festival!

April 7th

Common Ground Food Co-op, Lincoln Square Mall

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Drop off entries 9-11am
Public Viewing 11:30am
Awards Ceremony: 12:00
Eating the entries!: 12:30

Join us for the 13th annual Edible Book Festival! This quirky festival celebrates literature, gastronomy, and community. It is held on or around April Fool’s Day every year as it is “the perfect day to eat your words.” This event is hosted by the University Library in collaboration with Common Ground Co-op and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Categories will include:

  • Best depiction of a classic
  • Punniest
  • Best entry based on a children’s book
  • Best entry based on a young adult book
  • People’s choice
  • Others TBD by our judges!

It’s going to be great fun! Take a look at some of the pictures from last year’s Edible Book Festival.

2017 Winners

Best Depiction of a Classic

One Cake to Rule Them All
Created by Wren Hagen

Best Visual Presentation

The Art of the Peel
Created by Katie Bergen, Hannah Fiske, and Tad Boehmer

Special Award: Best Use of Animal

Fifty Shades of Hay
Created by Diana Gonzalez

Most Appetizing

Geodes: Nature’s Treasure
Created by Shilpi Saxena


The Three Musket-ears
Created by Audra Hanks

Best Collaborative Creation

Rainbow Cake Rowell
Created by Hilary Gross, Fiona Hartley-Kroeger and Erin O’Neall

Best Entry for Early Readers/Picture Book

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant
Created by Bethany & Hailey Cougill

Special Award: Healthiest Creation

Monet: A Visit to Giverney
Created by Evelyne Tardy

People’s Choice Award

Journey to the Center of the Earth
Created by Briana Lawrence

Based on a Children’s Book/Best Series

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Cheese Blintz
Created by Rachel and Noah Chartoff

Best Horror

The Shining
Created by Sarah Christensen and Rebekah Hansell

Best Foreign Language Book

The Little Prince
Created by Samantha Thrush, Ada Ertel, and Jesse Miller

Best Detail

Darker Shade of Magic
Created by Kathryn Thies

Best Pie

The Count of Monte Crisco
Created by Emilie Staubs

Best Historical Figures

Hidden Figures
Created by Kaity Bequette

Best Depiction of a Book That’s Also a Movie

Created by Walter Wilson

Best Use of Cupcakes

Lime and Punishment
Created by Jody Ford

The Wolves of Paris
Created by Walter Wilson

Most Colorful

The Noisy Paintbox
Created by Adelaide Kota and Jen Chien Yu

Most Interactive

Created by Adam Wisnewski

Best Depiction of an Animated Character

Pokemon Classic Collectors Handbook
Created by Christopher Kota and Jen Chien Yu