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Edible Books Festival

 

UC Berkeley Library Edible Book Festival

Monday, April 9th
Moffitt Undergraduate Library 405*
Public viewing from Noon - 1:30pm

Enter!

Submissions wanted! Please register to participate by Tuesday, April 3rd. We’ll ask you for your detailed entry information closer to the event. Any member of the UC community can participate.

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What's an Edible Book Festival?

Edible Book Festivals feature creative food projects that draw their inspiration from books and stories. Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text. Judges select winners for an array of light-hearted prize categories, such as “Best Literary Pun” or “Most Delicious Looking." The Festivals are a great way to celebrate both book-making culture and the culinary arts. Edible Book Festivals began with the Books2Eat website in 2000 and is now celebrated internationally during the month of April.

Full Schedule

9:30-11:15am: Submission Drop-Off
11:30-noon: Judging
Noon-1:30pm: Public viewing and reception
12:30: Announcement of Winners

Prize Categories 2018

Punniest
Best Student Entry
Most Edible
Least Edible
People's Choice

Judges

Edmond M Allmond, Communications, Berkeley Food Institute
Elizabeth Dupuis, Associate University Librarian, UC Berkeley Library
Rosalie Z Fanshel, Program Manager, Berkeley Food Institute
Susan Schweik, UC Professor of English
Zaynab Abdulqadir-Morris, ASUC President

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Contact Us

edible-books AT lists.berkeley.edu

*A Cal ID card required to enter Moffitt Library.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor -- ideally at least two weeks prior to the event.

What's an Edible Book Festival?

Edible Book Festivals feature creative food projects that draw their inspiration from books and stories. Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text. Judges select winners for an array of light-hearted prize categories, such as “Best Literary Pun” or “Most Delicious Looking." The Festivals are a great way to celebrate both book-making culture and the culinary arts. Edible Book Festivals began with the Books2Eat website in 2000 and is now celebrated internationally during the month of April.

Notable Edible Book Festivals:

Who can participate?

Any member of the UC Berkeley community can participate.

What kinds of submissions are acceptable?

Anything made of food and that looks like or is inspired by books!

How do I enter?

  • Register your intent to participate now.
  • Submit final details for your entry by April 3.
  • Create your edible book.
  • Drop your creation off at 405 Moffitt between 9:30-11am on the day of the event. 
  • Return for the public viewing and awards ceremony that afternoon.

Can a group submit an entry?

Yes, a group can submit an entry. One prize will be awarded per entry (not per person), so the group agrees to share the prize if they win. At least one member of the group must be affiliated with UC Berkeley.

Is the event open to the public?

The Edible Books Festival is open to anyone with a CalID.

Will the judges taste my entry?

Nope! While your entry must be composed of edible materials, it does not have to actually be appetizing! Entries will not be judged on taste.

Planning Committee

Lauren Castro, Library Events Coordinator
Aisha Hamilton, Exhibits and Environmental Graphics Coordinator
Susan Powell, GIS & Map Librarian
Jen Osgood, Technical Processing Lead, Arts & Humanities Division
Stacy Reardon, Literatures and Digital Humanities Librarian
Molly Rose, Circulation Supervisor, Environmental Design Library

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