The International Edible Book Festival, also known as Edible Book Day, is celebrated on or around April 1st of each year. The global event has been celebrated since 2000 in various parts of the world, where “edible books” are created, displayed, and small events are held. The creations are photographed and submitted to www.books2eat.com and then consumed. Regular contributors to the site are groups from Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, Russia, and Hong Kong. The event was initiated by Judith A. Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron in 2000.
The official website www.books2eat.com says that the International Edible Book Festival is held to commemorate “the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food,” though April Fools’ Day is also related as “the perfect day to eat your words and play with them as the ‘books’ are consumed on the day of the event.” (cf. The Phantom Tollbooth, as regards eating ones words.)
The Participation rules per the official site are:
- The event must be held on April 1 or around it
- “All edible books must be ‘bookish’ through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form.”
- “Organizations or individual participants must register with the festival’s organization … and see to it that the event is immortalized on the international festival website (www.books2eat.com).”