March 2019

Edible Book Festival

Fenwick LibraryOn Monday April 1, 2019, George Mason University Libraries will host its very first Edible Book Festival. The concept was created by Judith Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron and has been hosted in libraries across the globe since 2000. The event, held on International Edible Book Day, is a celebration of all things literary and culinary. 

At our inaugural Edible Book Festival, contestants are asked to create edible interpretations of books – famous or obscure – and bring their entries to the festival to be judged. This event is open the public and entries may be from teams or individuals. 

The rules are simple: entries must be inspired by books, constructed entirely of edible materials, and no larger than two feet wide, deep, and tall. Entries will be photographed and then judged by our esteemed panel and visitors to the festival. Prizes, which include handmade ribbons and gift cards to local businesses, will be awarded to the winners in each of six categories: 

  1. Best-in-Show 
  2. Punniest 
  3. Most Visually Appetizing 
  4. Best Representation of a Book 
  5. Most Creative/Artistic 
  6. Best Display of Technical Skill 

After judging, entrants and visitors will have the opportunity to taste the edible book creations! 

The festival will be held on April 1, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fenwick Library, rooms 1014 A and B.

To learn more about the Edible Book Festival, visit the University Libraries’ Edible Book Festival website. Register to be a participant no later than March 22 by visiting the registration site. 

Questions? Contact Amy Sullivan at