Lionseed Bookstore's 1st Annual


Lionseed Bookstore & Learning Commons invites you to participate in the First Annual Edible Book Fest!

Edible Book Festivals take place around the world on or around April 1 to celebrate books, art, food and culture. Contestants create edible creations inspired by literary titles, characters or authors. Entrants are encouraged to combine word play with books, decorations, and ingredients. (see examples). 

Edible Book Festivals began with the Books2Eat website in 2000 and are now celebrated internationally. The event was created to commemorate the birthday of gastronome and author Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. April Fools’ Day is also the perfect day to eat your words.


Contest Entry

  • Free and open to all!
  • Entry registration required (more details below)
  • Prizes for Adult, Youth & Group divisions

Festival Details

  • Free and open to the public!
  • Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Lionseed Bookstore
  • 11 AM to 3 PM | Showcase & Audience Voting
  • 3 PM | Awards Reception w/ treats by Bev's Donut Shop

 2024 Festival Guidelines

Contest Entry:

  • Tell us you'll be there! Submit the simple entry form as soon as possible, but for sure by 12 PM, Monday, April 1, 2024
  • Multiple entries are allowed and encouraged!
  • All contest creations should be dropped off at Lionseed between 9-11 AM the day of the event (Saturday, April 6). Volunteers will be available for check-in and set-up assistance. If you need to drop off your dessert the night before, contact Lionseed Bookstore at to make arrangements. 
Free, and open to all (individuals, groups, adults, kids, businesses, etc.)

Entry Requirements:
  • At least 95% of the creation must be made from edible materials.
  • The creation does not have to look like a book; it simply needs to be inspired by one.
  • You must provide a one-sentence description about your entry and the name of the book it was inspired by. If you are unsure or change your book, please contact us at by noon on Friday, April 5 with any book changes.
  • All individual kids' submissions must be the ideas of and creations by the child with minimal assistance from an adult. Entries should include the child's first name, age and grade.
  • You may work as a group as long as you give credit to everyone involved. This includes parent/child family groups.
  • All entries must be family-friendly. Judges reserve the right to reject any entries deemed inappropriate or offensive.

Award Categories
One adult and one youth award will be given for each category, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Best in Show
  • Funniest/Punniest
  • Most Artistic
  • Most Literary
  • Participation Award - All youth participants (14-years-old and younger) will receive a small prize and certificate.


  • All winners will be chosen by popular vote
  • Voting will be open in-store & online 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6
  • Special guest judges from the community will add their votes to the final tally.
  • Winners will be announced at the 3 p.m. Edible Book Fest Reception
  • Participants do not need to be present to win.


Contact Kristin Sawyer Lyman at and follow us on social media to see highlights from the festival.