Opening day at the International Edible Book Festival

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It’s with great pleasure I open the virtual doors on the gallery of entries to this year’s International Edible Book Festival, in honour of Hooray for Bread by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman.

In total there were 61 entries from 5 different continents! Click on any image below to see a full, large image, including the title of the book which inspired the entry (this is definitely the best way to view the edible books!). Once you’ve clicked on an image you can scroll through all the entries. Please note there are 4 pages of entries – don’t miss those that aren’t on the first page.



I really hope you enjoy perusing the entries and don’t forget to come back on Thursday 28 March to find out who the festival patron, illustrator Bruce Ingman names as this year’s three winners. Here’s a reminder of what is up for grabs:

  • 1st prize – A signed sketch by Bruce Ingman, plus a copy each of Hooray for Bread, The Runaway Dinner and Previously, all signed by both author and illustrator, Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman

  • 2nd Prize – A copy each of Hooray for Bread, The Runaway Dinner, Previously and The Pencil, all signed by both author and illustrator, Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman

  • 3rd Prize – A copy of Hooray for Bread signed by both Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman


  • On Thursday 28th March, I’ll be hosting a linkup for anyone who has submitted an edible book and who wants to write about it on their blog, to share their posts. The linky will be up for a couple of weeks so you’ll have plenty of time to add the link to your post sharing you experience of making an edible book.

    THANK YOU everyone who took part and who spread the word about the festival. It makes me very happy indeed to see so many people having fun with their books!

    40 Responses

    1. Library Mice

      Fabulous! Well done to everyone, you are all stars!

    2. AMAZING! It’s going to be so hard to choose winners, there are some incredible edibles there!
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    3. Such fantastic entries for a fantastic competition
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    4. Wow! I am so impressed with these entries! There are so many talented bakers and makers out there. What a wonderful way to celebrate books (and drool over cakes too!).
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    5. One word to sum it up – delicious 🙂

    6. Hi Library Mice, Damyanti, Sam and Helen – Once again, I’m so excited to see everyone’s creativity and passion! It’s really inspiring 🙂

    7. I LOVE Pippi Longstocking! Well done, everyone, I’m in awe at your creativity, inventiveness and baking skills
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    8. wow these are terrific! it’s going to be tough job judging them but I hope the bakers/creators enjoyed eating their edible books as much as I’ve enjoyed looking at them! So inspiring!
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    9. These make me quite emotional. just wonderful. God help the judges!
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    10. It’s astonishing which books have come through too – there’s aloads of titles on there I’ve nver heard of.
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    11. Oh these are just amazing… I am sitting browsing with a little man, in the dead of night, who is recognising heaps of books!!! Stunning food art… well done to you for organising this!!!
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    12. WOW! They are all so wonderful and look delicious! This is such a beautiful way to celebrate our love of books. Thank you once again for hosting this great event 🙂
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    13. wow, some great entries, glad i am not the judge!

    14. Fantastic competition, and brilliant entries! I particularly like the Snow White cake. Good luck to everyone!
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    15. […] meantime, it came to my attention that over at the wonderful Playing by the Book, there’s a virtual Edible Book Festival in progress. And not only that, someone’s made a plate-load of zombie cupcakes inspired by Monster & […]

    16. Oooh! These are great! I have to catch this next time, cause I’ve given some thought to baking a book 🙂

    17. That looks like so much fun! Wish I’d known about it earlier we could have joined in!
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    18. Awesome!

      The various ingredients of George’s Marvellous Medicine and Lola’s Pink Drink are somehow stuck in my head still 🙂

    19. I really like the Hungry Caterpillar cake as I think it shows great creativity!!!!!!

    20. I love the Piglet cake!!! 😀
      I also love the Harry Potter cake… 🙂

    21. Wow is the word! What a lot of loveliness. I would never be able to choose…
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    22. […] be bent and moulded into a recognisable scenes from a children’s book, so check it all out here. It’s truly spectacular and some of the entries are very VERY inventive. It’s […]

    23. They are fantastic! So creative and they look delicious. Some of my favourites are the Lola and Pippi cake and the cake with all the sheep on it. Good luck everyone. Will check back in to see the winners.
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    24. These are just wonderful! Love the George’s Marvellous Medicine one and my little boy would love the Very Hungry Caterpillar one.
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    25. Floss and Winston

      We really loved InkDeath, Running Wild and The Gruffalo cake.

      Well done to everyone who entered.

    26. I LOVE CAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially all these ones, they are great! I think every single one deserves to win! 🙂

    27. Lexie Urquhart

      Excellent edible treasures in this competition I would hate to be the judge for this! If I did have to choose a favorite book it would have to be entry no. 54 and 55. 54 because its simple but effective and 55 because its really imaginative!!! WELL DONE EVERYONE!!!

    28. Partha Sengupta

      All the cakes are fantastic and well done to everybody who contributed! Very difficult choices for the judges!

    29. I love every sing cake,they are all beautiful in their own way!

    30. I think all the cakes look great! I think that number 10 (Piglet) is my favourite – he has real character and each section has been so carefully made; I also like number 8 – the ‘hair’ has a great shape. Really well done, everyone!

    31. jessica storey

      so good well done everyone

    32. jessica storey

      also hope everyone who wins deserves it they are all amaizing xx

    33. I’ve heard that the winners are being chosen tomorrow, so well done to everyone who entered!!! 😀 They are all so amazing and detailed, I wouldn’t be able to pick a winner!
      If I had to choose ONE, it would have to be… probably entry no. 10- very realistic and detailed. Also I love the way it’s sitting on a book, and the flower makes him look so small! Once again, well done to everyone who entered, and GOOD LUCK!!! 🙂 😀 🙂

    34. It has to be no.10 for me…….because I feel certain it tastes as scrumptious as it looks!
      And pink is a super colour, nearest to most humans’ skins. Pigs are said to be the nearest animal to human beings as they are very intelligent. Winston Churchill was fond of his pet pig………

    35. i love entry no. 10 and entry no.41

    36. my fave is entry no.41

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    38. […] can go here to see all the other entries.  So much creativity – I’m glad I didn’t have to […]

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