Did you know that International Edible Book Day is approaching? It is! April 1st is appropriately the day any book you come across could betray you by actually being made up of tiramisu. To celebrate this worldwide event, I would like to highlight a few smaller edible book festivals that take place around the globe. Some are “official,” as of April 1st, and others are free-roaming rebels who happen whenever they’re damn good. If you find that you want more edible books in your life but cannot get to nearby edible book festivals due to plague, violence, widespread financial misfortune, or other signs of the apocalypse, the American Library Association is also running a free webinar on how to run your own.

It’s worth noting that some of them skipped a year or two because of the pandemic. Not only do we hope they’ll be back next year, but that this very article will encourage them to keep making those good, good bookcakes.

Five Sisters Colleges members have until March 30, 2021 to submit their applications to attend this edible book festival in Massachusetts. Word games on titles are particularly recommended. Hence, you know that this is a serious academic situation. This edible book festival has been running since 2018 and previous competitors are featured on Scholarworks.

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An outstanding result of the UMass Amherst Edible Book Festival for 2018. From Scholarworks.

Props for edible book festivals that should be held practically from the start! Not only is this a fun and safe way to participate, but it also allows people across the Tennessee border to enjoy the fun goodness. The deadline for entries is April 13th. The winners will be announced on April 16th.

Although canceled for now, this California event is one of the most famous edible book festivals. It takes place annually on April 1st and has featured attendees like The Gingerbread House of Spirits and The Golden Bao.

In case you haven’t picked this up, edible book festivals are mostly about puns, my friends.

Every year on the first Saturday in April, Loganberry Books of Shaker Heights, Ohio judges the best book-related pastry, croquette, and confectionery submissions. This festival is an outstanding event. Not only is it run by a non-college or non-library, but it is also the brainchild of a great bookseller. The fate of this year’s food book festival remains questionable. However, Loganberry Books continues to operate roadside pickup stores.

In 2016, this Minnesota public library began its edible book festival tradition. Eventually it became a popular local event that drew bakers home from near and far. Look for it on a Saturday afternoon in February. Also, follow their library’s social media or online presence.

Your own private lockdown edible book festival

How hard could it be to create your own edible books, judge all winners, and then devour them yourself? Not difficult, it turns out! Ann Reardon of YouTube sensation How To Cook That has an excellent tutorial on their website. It’s about uncured chocolate and a lot of it. If you’re in a cool house in a cool climate, pretty much you have to. Otherwise you can’t be a book eater anymore. In the event that shaping chocolate by hand seems too steep for you, there’s another, simpler tutorial here at Paging Serenity with Fruit by the Foot and White Chocolate Bars.

Would you like to see more current edible books? Here are some of the best books Riot has ever found! (And then more.)