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Edible Book Festival 2020

Learn everything you need to know about the Lindell Library's Edible Book Festival, to be held on April 1, 2020!

What's an Edible Book Festival?

The Edible Book Festival is an event that libraries all over the world host on or around April 1. Participants enter edible dishes, called 'books' because they usually evoke a book in one of two ways:

  • They resemble a book's cover
  • They are a pun on a book's title

(Note that these aren't the only possibilities. Maybe you want to take inspiration from a famous quotation from a book, or pun on the author's name--be creative!)

Edible books are photographed and judges award prizes in different categories. Then the participants eat the books, potluck-style.

Check out this Atlas Obscura article for some history on the Edible Book Festival. The article also has photographs of several entries into UC Berkeley's 2019 Edible Book Festival.


Augsburg's first Edible Book Festival will be held on Wednesday, April 1 in the Food Lab (Hagfors 108). The official schedule follows.

  • 9am-12pm: Drop-in prep time at the Food Lab (Hagfors 108)
  • 12pm: All entries due at the Food Lab
  • 12pm-12:30pm: Viewing and judging of entries
  • 12:30pm-1:00pm: Presentation of prizes
  • 1:00pm: Participants and judges may eat 

Who Can Enter?

Anyone can enter! Check out the 'entry' tab on the left for the entry form.


  1. Entries must be based on a book. 
  2. Entries should be edible and appetizing, as we will feast on entries after judging concludes.
  3. Speaking of feasting...make enough to share! If your entry only requires a little food (e.g. a single hot dog in a mug, referring to Mary Shelley's Frank In Stein) that's fine, but consider prepping the leftovers as well or bringing a snack to share.
  4. No pun is too bad to be used in the Edible Book Festival.
  5. The Food Lab is generously making basic cooking ingredients available to us. You should bring any niche ingredients you may need, and if your project will require a lot of any basic ingredient, consider bringing your own.
  6. Every attendee gets one vote in the People's Choice Awards. Attendees may buy additional votes by bringing donations for the Campus Cupboard (one item = one additional vote). Democracy!

The Food Lab

The following equipment is available in the Food Lab for use during drop-in prep time:

  • Pots and pans
  • Mixing bowls
  • Utensils (spoons, spatulas, whisks, strainers, etc.)
  • Knives
  • Ovens, toaster ovens, microwaves, and toasters
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Stop by the Food Lab during open hours for more information.