The 15th Annual Edible Book Festival will be held virtually on April 3, 2021! Watch our Facebook page for updates.
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.
Information and Tentative Schedule for the 2021 Edible Book Festival
The Edible Book Festival will be held virtually on April 3, 2021.
This year, the Festival will be held in the spirit of the Great British Bakeoff, where partipants will have one hour on zoom to assemble and decorate their edible books. Hosts will provide commentary and spotlight interviews during the ‘competition time.’
|You may do all the preparation you need (i.e. baking, making frosting) prior to April 3 to save on time constraints, however please leave one hour of active preparation for on screen participation during the live event (i.e carving, assembling, decorating, adding finishing touches).|
Prior to April 3:
any necessary prep work (baking, making frosting, etc).
10:45am: Introduction from hosts, Eastern Illinois Foodbank, and Common Ground Co-op
11:00-12:00: ‘Competition time.’ You may any and all necessary preparation prior to the event, but we’d like the event to be active. With that in mind, please try to plan for approximately one hour of working time on screen.
12:00-12:15pm: Learn more about Eastern Illinois Foodbank and how your contribution helps.
12:15-12:30pm: Judge’s commentary and awards
12:30pm: Virtual eating of books!
2021 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 categories! Please keep in mind that for the 2021 virtual festival, there will be no prizes awarded (only bragging rights!).
- Best Depiction of a Classic
- Best Visual Presentation
- Most Appetizing
- Best Entry Based on Book for Children or Teens
- 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 UIUC & Champaign-Urbana communities. For inspiration, take a look at entries in the galleries below. For the 2021 virtual festival, participants must have access to WiFi and a device with a camera with which they can participate via Zoom.
If you don’t have time to make your own edible entry, join us in watching the competition at 11am! We’ll add a link to watch shortly.
If you’d like to make something at home and show it off without participating in the ‘competition,’ use the hashtag #EdibleBookCU on social media.
Join us on Facebook to get the most up-to-date information on the festival!