I am so glad and proud that the 2016 International Youth Food Culture Contest has received outstanding entries from many countries in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. For the third year, the annual food-focused writing and art contest for middle and high school students witnessed the many dynamic and diverse ways that food has impacted young lives around the world.
With permissions from the writers/artists, I am sharing the following works entered at the contest:
By: Ratshami Phetvani, 11th Grade, Sengdara Int’l Bilingual School, Vientiane, Laos
Whether in Vientiane, China or Rome,
The aroma of biryani reminds me of home
But no matter where I’ve eaten,
My mama’s recipe can’t be beaten
Though she is strong and tough,
Her biryani is made with happiness, care and love
It brings us together, no matter how busy,
We sit with the family, and laugh over a bowl of biryani
Just like the herbs and spice,
Perfectly mixed with meat, veggies and rice
We are the imperfect family, who sometimes fight,
But fit in just right
Full of nutrients, color and flavor,
On the table ready for us to savor,
Like memories, some good, some bad
Which looking back later will make us glad.
More winning works are posted at www.youth-food.org
Food broadens our perspectives, enriches our lives, and connects our thoughts.
Let’s celebrate food!