Thursday, 1 April 2010

2010 Edible Book Festival - Event Details

Once again, BEST is hosting a virtual Edible Book Festival.
Anytime before 9:00 PM (Eastern), April 1, you can upload photos of your edible book to our Flickr group. We will also be having an informal virtual chat in the evening as we await the judging.

What is the Edible Book Festival?
This is an event that has been happening annually on April 1st for several years. People make edible objects that are somehow "bookish" and then get together and share their projects. There are groups all around the world who participate in this event. It isn't really about bookbinding; it is more about celebrating literature and creativity. The festival was started in 2000, by Judith Hoffberg. You can read about the history and about Judith, on the website:

If there is no local event in your area, now you have an opportunity to participate online! You do not need to be a BEST team member to participate in our event. All you have to do, is upload photos of your edible book creations to our Flickr group! Multiple entries are welcome.

A small panel of judges will be awarding special recognition in each of these categories:
1. BEST overall
2. BEST edible bookbinding technique
3. BEST entry from a child

The guideline given is that "all edible books must be 'bookish' through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form." So the results are wide-ranging. Sometimes the results looks like books, but mostly they do not. You can find a lot of pictures online. The website has galleries of photos from every year of the festival.

Photo galleries for inspiration:
- 2009 BEST Edible Book Event
- Loganberry Books Edible Book Festival
- Duke University Libraries Edible Books
- Seattle Edible Book Festival

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

from austin!