Edible Book Festival 2020
Rescheduled: More information in April 2020
The UC Berkeley Library held its first annual Edible Book Festival in 2017.
Edible Book Festivals Are for Pun and Food Lovers - March 20, 2019 - Anne Ewbank, Gastro Obscura (Atlas Obscura)
Literary classics meet fruit, fondant for Edible Book Festival in Moffitt Library - March 20, 2019 - Virgie Hoban, UC Berkeley Library News
50 Shades of Grey Poupon: Literary puns abound at UC Berkeley’s Edible Book Festival, in Moffitt Library - April 9, 2018 - Tor Haugun, UC Berkeley Library News
Edible Book Festival 2017: The Results - April 19, 2017 - Library Communications, UC Berkeley Library
Gigi Gillard, Donor Relations Manager
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
Kiyoko Shiosaki, Undergraduate Learning & Research Librarian
edible-books AT lists.berkeley.edu
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.
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:
9:00am -10:45am: Submission drop-off in Morrison (101 Doe Library)
11:00am-11:45am: Judging (closed session)
12:00noon-1:00pm: Public viewing and voting for People’s Choice
12:30pm: Award ceremony
1:00-1:30pm: People's Choice award announced and consumption of the entries
David Eifler, Librarian, Environmental Design Library
Rosalie Fanshel, Program Manager, Berkeley Food Institute
Claire Stockwell, Food Recovery Coordinator, UC Berkeley Food Pantry
Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Professor, Department of English
Sylvia Targ, ASUC Senate member, Residential Sustainability Program
Any member of the UC Berkeley community can participate.
Anything made of food and that looks like or is inspired by books!
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.
Anyone may attend the Edible Book Festival. Submissions to the Festival are open to anyone with a Cal email address.
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.