Every Spring since 2006 I have held this competition, and thanks to a generous donation from the good folks at Anne Amie Vineyards, the food and wine Haiku is back again. The entries are always great, and I always look forward to reading the food Haiku.
This year, the winning entry – as determined by public vote, will receive two tickets to Counter Culture 2016 at Anne Amie Vineyards in Carlton Oregon. Each year, they kick off the International Pinot Noir Celebration with a pre-IPNC event, Counter Culture: A Celebration of Urban Street Food and International Wines. Since the winners will most likely be coming from Portland, they thought it might make sense for the giveaway tickets to include bus transportation from Portland. They will have a shuttle picking up at the Oregon Convention Center at 4:30pm and then returning there following the event. The tickets have a value of $110 each.
The setting offers sweeping views of the Pacific Coast Range, while indulging in “street food” from a selection of restaurants and food carts in Portland, all paired with wines from all over the world. The 2016 lineup is impressive:
La Moule, Bamboo Sushi, Bollywood Theater, Coquine, The Country Cat, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty, Laurelhurst Market, Mediterranean Exploration Company, Noraneko, Olympia Provisions, Party Downtown, Pizza Jerk, Pok Pok, ¿Por Que No?, smallwares
Ankida Ridge (VA), Anne Amie Vineyards (OR), Center of Effort (CA), Cuvaison Estate Wines (CA), Day Wines (OR), Jasper Sisco (OR), Maysara Winery (OR), Mitchell Imports (FR), North Valley Vineyards (OR), Phillips Hill Winery (OR), Rogstad Wine (CA), Small Vineyards Imports (IT), Valley Wine Merchants (OR), Westwood Estate (CA)
I also have a prize for the runner up – a chicken dinner at Fusspot Chicken!
Portland’s newest pop-up endeavor serves $10 plates of Korean-inspired fried chicken on the bone with sesame slaw and a gochujang-based spicy sauce. The fried chicken pop-up is at Kitchen Cru, NW Flanders & Park, every other Saturday 5-7p. My Korean friends tell me this is the best they’ve had.
In the past, I’ve required entries to adhere to the 5–7–5 syllable pattern. Not so this year – do what works for you – though remember it may not work for the voters! As a reminder, here is a quick refresher on the classic Haiku. Each consists of 3 lines with a set number of syllables:
- Line 1 – 5 syllables
- Line 2 – 7 syllables
- Line 3 – 5 syllables.
A syllable as per Dictionary.com, is “any one of the parts into which a word is naturally divided when it is pronounced. If that doesn’t make sense, there are examples all over the web. Google is your friend.
Let’s limit it to three entries per person. A group of judges 5 judges, all who have a writing background, will come up with a top ten list, after which you will be able to vote for your favorite. I’ll run the contest for two weeks, or until 75 entries are received, whichever comes first.
Here are some winners from previous contests:
Mute crystal balls hang,
Tendrils, clusters, shimmering,
work day is over
pour a glass of pinot noir
let your troubles go
One hundred choices,
A month with thirty-one days…
Is “Second Lunch” gauche?
I remember when
one hundred good restaurants
Portland did not have
Trout caught fresh from stream,
dirt clinging to chantrelle feet,
we stoke the campfire.
I reach down and pluck
white arugula flowers
cooking in a space
barely enough to turn ’round
still fills me with joy
pea shoots and favas
bounty at my fingertips
who’s green with envy?
Now that you have some inspiration, enter your haiku using the comment form below.