March 21, 2016

Library to host sixth annual Edible Book Festival

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- It’s time once again for Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s annual creative culinary challenge, the Edible Book Festival. 

Morris Library is sponsoring the sixth annual event from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 4 in the library’s first-floor rotunda. The idea is simple: Create an edible representation of a book or an edible play on words for a book title. 

The best-of-show winner will claim a Kindle E-Reader and prizes will be awarded for People’s Choice, “Punniest,” Most Edible and Best Book Structure. There will also be a Best Saluki Submission prize in recognition of the best edible book by an SIU student. 

A new 2016 prize category will recognize the event’s youngest participants. The Future Saluki prize will go to the best edible book creator under the age of 18. In conjunction with Morris Library’s annual event, the Carbondale Public Library is hosting a free Edible Book Storytime at 10 a.m. on March 29. 

The Edible Book Festival is open to people of all ages, both on- and off-campus. There is no cost to enter and pre-registration is not required. Entries should be brought to the rotunda between 2 and 3 p.m. 

Visitors are also welcome to view the imaginative submissions and vote for the People’s Choice. Previous entries have included “Green Eggs and Spam,” “To Grill a Mockingbird,” the pig-themed “Jurassic Pork,” the cheesy “Velvetateen Rabbit” and “Ham-let,” featuring a “bloody” ham omelet, of course. 

Find all of the details, along with contest rules, entry forms and pictures from previous edible book festivals at Or, email Sarah Prindle at for more information. Entry forms will also be available at the library the day of the event.