By Julia Kenner, 2008
By Chris Johns, 2009
The boxes below list things to think about as you plan your edible book event.
Many hands make light work -- and increase the fun!
Edible book events are held around the world on or around April 1. According to the artists who founded it, "April 1st is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food. April fools' day is also the perfect day to eat your words and play with them."
Considerations when scheduling:
Will you hold the event in the library, at another campus location, or off-campus? Each location has pros and cons.
PRO: • It will bring people into the library. • It may be easier for library staff to be involved.
CON: • Oh no! Food in the library?! • Library users who seek a quiet study spot may be inconvenienced.
Non-library campus location
PRO: • Other buildings may have better facilities for handling and displaying food. • Student centers and buildings with high foot traffic may boost participation.
CON: • Parking may be difficult.
PRO: • Community members may feel more welcome. • Parking may be easier.
CON: • Depending on the distance from campus, it may be harder for students or college employees to take part.
Work backwards from the date of your event to set target dates for publicity, etc.
4-6 months ahead: • Organize the team. • Secure a venue.
3 months ahead: • Recruit judges. • Solicit donations. • Design or update the event website.
1-2 months ahead: • Begin to publicize it through websites, blogs, Facebook, newsletters, etc.
3 weeks ahead: • Begin putting up posters. • Contact local media. • Open online registration.
2-3 days ahead: • Email reminders to registered entrants. • Confirm supplies, volunteers, etc. for the event.
Festival Day: • Arrive early at the venue. Have fun!
Edible book events can take place on any day of the week, in the morning, afternoon or evening. Just be sure to leave time for each stage.
Example: The following schedule has worked well for the University of Illinois Edible Book Festival:
8-10 am - Participants drop off edible entries
10-11:30 am - Judging and photography
11:30 am - Public viewing begins
12:15 pm - Welcome and judges' commentary
12:45 pm - Eating of books!