10th Annual Edible Book Festival

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign

The 10th Annual Edible Book Festival, sponsored by the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be held on April 1, 2015. The campus and local community is invited to experience this unique intersection of the book arts and cuisine.

This year’s Festival takes place at the University YMCA (1001 South Wright Street, Champaign). Public viewing begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by a welcome and the local celebrity judges’ commentary at 12:15 a.m. Consumption of the Festival entries commences at 12:45 p.m.

Edible art entries have a connection to books as shapes or content. Prizes will be awarded for the best culinary creations—which will be displayed, judged, and consumed. Cauliflowers for Algernon, Fifty Shades of Grape, Around the World in 80 Daisies, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Pop Secrets were among the entries last year.

Judges will include Julie Arie, Proprietor of Sweetie Sweets; Paula Kaufman, Interim Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs; and Merilyn Shepherd, 4-H Leader and Instructor at Danville Community College.

The 10th Annual Edible Books Festival pays homage to the International Edible Books Festival. The International Edible Books Festival, an annual event held around April 1, celebrates the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût—a witty meditation on food. This ephemeral global banquet allows anyone to preserve and discover unique bookish nourishments.

Please visit www.library.illinois.edu/ediblebooks for more information about the 10th Annual Edible Book Festival or to register an entry.

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