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Edible Book Festival

Edible Book Festival In-Person

Register your submission here by Sunday, March 31.

Join the Libraries for our ever-popular annual Edible Book Festival, where we make, judge, and eat culinary creations based on literature! This year's event will be held on Monday, April 1, 2024. The event will take place in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library RECESS space on the 2nd floor. 

Participants must complete the submission form by Sunday, March 31, 2024, 11:55 p.m.  Entries must be brought to the W. E. B. Du Bois Library RECESS space on the 2nd floor on Monday, April 1, between 10 am and noon. All visitors to the Library are invited to view the entries from noon to 2 pm and cast a vote for Best in Show. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m., followed by eating of the entries.

Entry Rules
1. Each entry should be inspired by a literary work (fiction or nonfiction) or a literary character, such as recreating a book cover, creating a diorama of a scene, etc. Puns on titles are especially encouraged.

2. Entries must be mostly edible (occasional non-edible props permitted) and able to be on display without refrigeration.

3. A full list of ingredients must be provided for allergy purposes.

4. If creating more than one submission, please choose one entry for judging and indicate your choice by marking "judged" or "non-judged" in the Literary Inspiration field of the form. Both judged and non-judged entries will be eligible for the Best in Show popular vote. 

5. In order to give all submissions a fair chance to place, each entry will be eligible for all categories listed below, but can only win 1 category.


Best Visual Presentation: judged
Funniest/Punniest: judged
Most Creative Use of Ingredients: judged
Best in Show: people's choice/popular vote


*Members of the 5 Colleges are encouraged to participate, but we regret that prizes may only be awarded to members of the UMass Amherst community.  But bragging rights are available to all!*

Monday, April 1, 2024
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
W. E. B. Du Bois Library, RECESS (Floor 2, South Side)
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