A Celebration of Food, Culture, Writing, and Art

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: 

Poetry:
By: Ratshami Phetvani, 11th Grade, Sengdara Int’l Bilingual School, Vientiane, Laos

Biryani

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.

Biryani is a mixed rice dish popular throughout the Indian subcontinent and among people of Indian origins. It is usually made of rice, Indian spices, vegetables, egg, and sometimes meat and dried fruits. The author was born and raised in Laos, but of Indian heritage. To her, biryani represents heritage, family, love, and a positive way of life.

Biryani is a mixed rice dish popular throughout the Indian subcontinent and among people of Indian origins. It is usually made of rice, Indian spices, vegetables, egg, and sometimes with meat, yogurt, or dried fruits.
The author was born and raised in Laos, but of Indian heritage. To her, biryani represents heritage, family, love, and a positive way of life.

Art:

"Food Nurtures" by Trubador Wisely, 7th Grade, Timoteo Paez School, Manila, Philippines

“Food Nurtures” by Trubador Wisely, 7th Grade, Timoteo Paez School, Manila, Philippines

"social Justice of Food" by Radisav Stijović, 11th Grade, Secondary Art School, "Petar Lubarda", Cetinje, Montenegro

“Social Justice of Food” by Radisav Stijović, 11th Grade, Secondary Art School, “Petar Lubarda”, Cetinje, Montenegro

"World Peace" by Angelina Clara Kallawat, 8th Grade, St. Agnes Junior High School, Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia

“World Peace” by Angelina Clara Kallawat, 8th Grade, St. Agnes Junior High School, Surabaya City, East Java, Indonesia

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!

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