Edible Book Festival - General Information


The 15th Annual Edible Book Festival is postponed until further notice due to COVID-19 news and recommendations. 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.

2020 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 prize categories!

  • Best Depiction of a Classic
  • Best Visual Presentation
  • Most Appetizing
  • Funniest/Punniest
  • Best Entry Based on Book for Children or Teens (Award sponsored by the Center for Children’s Books.)
  • 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. 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!

Tentative Schedule for the 2020 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

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