It's probably because the Pie Lovers Unite! event is coming up on Saturday, July 19th, but every time I go to the market all I see are pie precursors. The tart cherries especially have had an other-worldly ruby glow that calls to me.....
Last year's event totally knocked my socks off. Here's the low-down on this year's great Slow Food Pie Extravaganza coming up next Saturday (remember to bring your friends and neighbors)!
Date: Saturday, July 19th, 2008
Location: Ypsilanti Ladies Literary Club
Address: 218 N. Washington (at Emmet), Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Google map: http://tinyurl.com/365cu2
Parking: Will be available next door at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington
Admission: One homemade pie (or $5 donation)
"Slow Food Huron Valley announces our 2nd Annual Pie Lovers Unite! celebrating local, sustainable food and our food community at an old-fashioned hootenanny glorifying Great Michigan Pie.
Pie Lovers Unite! honors pie-making traditions in Michigan by inviting pie lovers to bake, bring, share and earn prizes for home made pies from throughout Southeast Michigan. In addition, the event will include pie-themed activities such as a pie walk, a pie haiku (“pie-ku”) contest, pie music and of course, PIE EATING! Admission is one pie or a suggested ($5) donation.
Last year's Pie Lovers Unite! was so successful that we won the Sustainable Tables' Best Pie Event on their Pie Across America Tour last summer and also announced the kick-off for the HomeGrown Festival. This year’s event pays tribute to the late Evelyn Bunting, a pie maker extraordinaire, and winner of last year’s Pie Lovers Unite! pie contest in the “Prettiest Pie” category.
New this year - a Pie-ku contest. Bring your haiku with a pie theme or dream one up while you're in the presence of dozens of fabulous pies. Remeber the haiku rule for syllables - 5 - 7- 5."
Here's my attempt at a late night pie haiku:
cherry ruby fruit
pit pit roll the dough bake smell
pie eating so sweet
Did I mention that in addition to the 5 categories in which to win a pie prize, there will also be a prize for the best Pie-ku? Members of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor will be judging the pie contest this year and the audience will judge the Pie-ku entrants.