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:
- Entries must be made from edible materials.
- 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:
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Wisconsin-Madison