Edible Book Festival - General Information

The 17th Annual Edible Book Festival will be held April 6, 2024 at Common Ground Co-Op! Watch our Facebook page for updates.

Register here (not required, but appreciated! Registration is only for those submitting an entry.)


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 supported by the generous help of campus and community volunteers and prize donors. It is a fundraiser to support the crucial work of the Wesley Food Pantry.

Information and Tentative Schedule for the 2024 Edible Book Festival

The Edible Book Festival will be held  April 6, 2024.

Schedule of events:

9:00am: Participants may begin dropping off their entries
11:00am: Judging begins
11:30am: Public viewing begins
12:00pm: Judge’s commentary and awards
12:15pm: Let’s eat!

Festival Award Categories

Starting to think about your edible creation for this year’s festival? Consider submitting your entry to one or more of these categories! Prizes will be awarded.

  • Best Depiction of a Classic
  • Best Visual Presentation
  • Most Appetizing
  • Funniest/Punniest
  • Best Entry Based on Book for Children or Teens
  • Best Collaborative Creation
  • People’s Choice

2024 Judges

Emily Kroner, owner/baker of Lucky Moon Pie, Nancy Koeneman, Friend of the University Library, and Claire Stewart, Dean of the University Library.

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 U of I & 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 taste testing the entries around noon!

Join us on Facebook to get the most up-to-date information on the festival!

Rube Goldberg’s Normal Humdrum School Day by the Kota Family
2018 Edible Book Festival
“Brambly Hedge” by Anneka Vetter

2017 Edible Book Festival
“Journey to the Center of the Earth” by Briana Lawrence
2016 Edible Book Festival
Alice in Wonderland
Shilpi Saxena
2015 Edible Book Festival
October Pie(s)
Created by Kaity Bequette
2014 Edible Book Festival
Wild Rumpus
Created by Sarah Heller
2013 Edible Book Festival
The Life of Pi
Created by Barb Strauss
2012 Edible Book Festival
Huckleberry Finn Corduroy The Secret Garden
Created by Jerry Lyke and Chris Johns
2011 Edible Book Festival
The Corn Ultimatum
Created by Rachael Weber
2010 Edible Book Festival
“The Legend of Sleepy Challah” by Valerie and Samuel Hotchkiss
2009 Edible Book Festival
Arley McNeney
My Last Duchess
2008 Edible Book Festival
Julia Keener
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats


2007 Edible Book Festival
Donald Eggert
The Great Gatsby
2006 Edible Book Festival
**Buffy Vance
Welcome Spring