As I mentioned in my three recent posts about my weekend away in Gippsland, thanks to Destination Gippsland and Nuffnang I'm very excited to be able for the first time to offer Melbourne Gastronome readers an opportunity to win a prize giveaway!
The prize is a night's accommodation in a cabin at the Outpost Retreat in Noojee. The cabin is self-contained, sleeps up to six people and your stay can be on the date of your choosing, subject to availability. As your friendly neighbourhood Melbourne Gastronome, I would urge you to treat yourselves to dinner while you're there at the Outpost Restaurant where I enjoyed a fabulous meal on my Saturday night in Gippsland. And as well as wining and dining, you might like to combine your overnight in Noojee with a trip up to nearby Mt Baw Baw: not only is it the closest snow sports resort to Melbourne (2.5 hours drive), it has the cheapest lift ticket prices in Victoria.
So, how to enter the competition? Well, rather than ask you to do a run-of-the-mill "why I should win in 25 words or less" entry, I thought it would be more fun to have POETIC competition entries. To enter, write a haiku or a limerick. The haiku or limerick should be original, and should mention something that is related to Gippsland (eg snow, or mountains, or the bush, or food or wine: see the Destination Gippsland website for inspiration, bonus points if you can mention a food grown in Gippsland - click on the "local produce" link on the site).
Tips on writing haiku can be found here and here. I'm sure you're all smart enough to know how to write limericks!
Alas the competition is only open to those in Victoria, but you Victorians can enter as many times as you like: either leave your haiku/limerick in the comments section of this post, or email it to me directly. The competition will be open until midday (AEST) on Friday 28th August, and I will announced the winner on Monday 31st August.
Good luck, and may your creative juices flow freely!