More pie in the summer!
This year Portland Pietopia asked cooks to describe their present state of existence through flavor, and smells, and perhaps, memories, longings, stories to come up with a recipe.
The winners have been picked (and I am told there's a fantastic rabbit white wine pie!)
These creative folks have sweet, savory, tart and flaky.
Come down to the Eastbank Farmer's Market at SE 20th and Salmon from 3:30-6:30 to taste!
From Tricia Martin
The Pietopia Pie Contest
"What does it taste like to be unemployed, in a band, starting a new job, surfing, dancing, going crazy, just married, a grandma, undecided, divorced, having a child, grounded, surviving something big and scary, a student, a new homeowner or desperately searching for housing?" the call to entry asks, "What kind of pie would describe the way you are feeling right now? Could you imagine your thoughts, concerns or joys transformed into the All-American Pie?"
For the past 2 years, these questions have been opened up to our city of Portland, OR to find out what the true flavor of peoples lives are. The individuals' experiences join together to create the flavors of each community as a whole. It is very honest, revealing and delicious!
The contest is marketed through hand made silk-screened posters hung around town, email lists, newspaper articles, blogs, and word of mouth. People enter via email and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a panel of judges from various places across the country, to ensure a fair, unbiased, and discerning approach. They judge based on how well the entrants follow the criteria of clearly and evocatively explaining how their lives relate to the flavors and nuances in their pie.
Winners then bring their pies and people are offered small samples, to taste the flavor of their community's lives. The winners each receive a unique, hand silk-screened poster, a visual reinterpretation of their submission created by a local artist/designer. These are also on display at the tasting giving people a full-sensory experience: the taste of the pies, the visual of the poster, and the conversation and connections to the stories.
Tricia Martin is the creator of Pietopia - (www.eatingisart.com).