International Edible Book Festival
The arrival of April Fool’s Day also means that it’s time for the International Edible Book Festival. Yes, this is a real thing. And it’s super cool.
This annual event takes place on/around April 1st and it’s celebrated worldwide. The premise is simple – create books out of edible materials (a.k.a. food) and then eat them. Pieces can be inspired by a specific story, include something punny, or simply be in the shape of a book.
Judith Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron created the festival in 2000 to commemorate the birthday of French foodie Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, author of Physiologie du goût (translation: The Physiology of Taste).
Many locations are celebrating by holding contests with categories such as:
- Funniest/Punniest (Champaign-Urbana Edible Book Festival)
- Least Edible (Duke University)
- Best Binding (Loganberry Books and Strong Bindery)
- Best Non-Cake (University of North Texas Libraries)
You can see awesome examples of edible books on Flickr – here are a few of my favorites:
If you participate in or visit an edible book festival, I’d love to hear about it! If you’ve pictures, even better. Feel free to shoot me an email and give me the scoop.