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Edible Book Festival 2020 UPDATE

THE 2020 EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Welcome!

Edible Book Festivals happen all over the world, usually on or around April 1. According the website for the International Edible Book Festival, "April 1st is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du gout, a witty meditation on food. April fools' day is also the perfect day to eat your words and play with them as "books" are consumed on the day of the event." Festivals are a celebration of books, art, food, and culture. The rules for entries are fairly simple:

  1. Entries must be made from edible materials.
  2. Entries must somehow relate to a book.

The second rule is often interpreted broadly. Entries could be in the shape of a book, scroll, eReader, or other format; they can represent any part of the book from title, to character, to setting, to author. Many participants also choose to incorporate a play on words using puns.

Need inspiration? Check out last year's winners or our Pinterest board for pictures of entries at other festivals.

Explore other festivals

Countries throughout the world host Edible Book Festivals. See the International Edible Book Festival website for more history, and check out festivals throughout the United States:

Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio

Seattle Edible Book Festival

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Florida Libraries

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