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Edible Book Festival 2017


Edible Book Festivals happen all over the world, around April 1st. According to 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."

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 can be 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? Here's a sampling of edible book events at academic libraries:

Duke University

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Alvernia University 

University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Schedule of the Day

Tuesday, April 11th

Alfred R. Neumann Library

9am-12pm : Participants drop off entries at the library.  Participants will be contacted nearer the festival date on drop off procedures.

1pm: Viewing and Judging of entries 

1:45pmPrizes will be handed out

Entries will be eaten starting immediately after the prizes are awarded!

ADA Accommodations

Any person needing an accommodation for a disability in order to participate in this program should contact Katherine Magner at 281-283-3917 or magner@uhcl.edu prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation.


  1. All entries must be edible. 
  2. All entries must be related to books either:
    • shaped like a book
    • inspired by the content of a book, i.e. characters, scenes, titles, storylines, or text
  3. Entries must not need any additional care like refrigeration during the festival.
    1. Participants must bring entries between 9am and 12PM on Tuesday, April 11th, to the library.  Contact the library (magner@uhcl.edu) to enquire about alternate drop off times if necessary.
  4. After drop off, all entries are relinquished by participants and will be photographed and eaten by festival participants
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