There’s almost nothing better than sitting down with a good book and just sinking into the world the author spins. That is, unless you sit down with a good book and have some delicious goodies to go with it. Then, you’re in heaven. And that’s what you get when you go to an Edible Book Festival. Loads and loads of goodies — all book themed.
Edible book festivals tend to take place on the first of April, on Edible Book Day. The event began in 2000 when Judith A. Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron set apart a day to honor the birthday of French gastronome, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, famous for his book, Physiologie du goût. According to Wikipedia, April Fool’s Day is also related to the festival because it’s “the perfect day to eat your words and play with them as the ‘books’ are consumed on the day of the event.”
The festival is held in countries all over the world and coordinated by the official International Edible Book Festival website, Books2Eat.com, although the facebook page is a little more up to date on information. They have official rules and encourage participants to register for the event in order to “see to it that the event is immortalized on the international festival website.” Although it seems as if many libraries and city book fairs host these events independently, they are usually still held around April 1st.
There are different categories for each entry, including Best Overall Entry, Best Book Theme, Best Pun, Best Adult Book, Most Creative, Least Edible, Best Overall Fiction, Best Overall Non-Fiction, and Best Children’s Book. Pictured below is a fantastic entry for Funniest Pun.
Don’t worry if you’re diabetic. Not all entries are sweets. Some of these bookish edibles are actually quite healthy, as pictured below. The contest rules only state that the entries be “bookish through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form.”
Some of these festivities are held in early March if they’re being hosted independently of the official Edible Book website, but you can always go to books2eat.com to find the one nearest you and when they’re hosting. Or you could start one of your own if there aren’t any nearby. Whether you’re attending or participating, you’re sure to be in for a bookish treat!
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