Champaign-Urbana Edible Book Festival 2018

Avid readers love books and read incessantly. One friend of mine reads an average of three books a week. You could say, he devours books. I like to read as well.  However, I read at much more leisurely rate. You might say that I nibble on books.

Whatever your pace for reading is, on April 7, 2018, we all got the chance to devour books literally at the Annual Edible Book Festival, a fundraiser for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank,  sponsored by Common Grounds Co-op and the University of Illinois Library. Donation dollars stretch a long way for the food back. Every dollar donated provides $10 of food for people in need.

For the festival, participants, of all ages, created dishes inspired by their favorite book. Some were literal and some were abstract.  Some were funny. Some were intricate. All were creative. At the end of the event, the crowd devoured them.

wrinkleWrinkle in Thyme, a lemon thyme cake

catcherCatcher in the Rye

rainbowRainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.

HanselHansel and Gretel

preschoolPreschool Book

bunnyMarshmellow by Clare Turley Newberry is a children’s book about a fluffy bunny who comes to live in a house with a pet cat.

deweyDewey Decimator,  The Librarian from the Black Lagoon, a series of children’s books. Other titles in the series include Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon, Substitute Teacher from the Black Lagoon, and School Nurse from the Black Lagoon.

pigIf You Give a Pig a Pancake,  what could go wrong?

dozenCheaper by the Dozen

grapesGrapes of Wrath

yertleYertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss

cupcakeYou Are My Cupcake

kittyBad Kitty is a series of children’s books, games and an interactive website.

pokyThe Poky Little Puppy

wizardWizard of Oz

roseEsperanza Rising



tea.JPGThe Tea Dragon Society

dragonFarmer Giles of Ham


The People’s Choice Award went to the following entry with intricate detail and four separate cakes. The flowers on the cakes were edible, as well.

pro scene

pro picnic

pro mush

pro detail

pro flower

I truly enjoy going to the Edible Cakes festival each year. It is a fun way to spend the morning and support charity.