Yesterday we stopped in at Soupfest after a trip to the market re-opening. This annual event is put on by Living Rock and supports youth-at-risk. We always encourage people to be involved in your city, wherever you live, and to enjoy the different activities offered by people around you. Plus there's nothing better for warming up on a cold day than with a bowl of piping hot soup. It was great to see the venue packed and it was so fun to try all the different soups from local restaurants. Cool side note: all the bowls and spoons are recyclable in an effort to be environmentally conscious.
Each stand was small, so it was up to the vendors to stand out and draw a crowd. The competition was evident and vendors had opportunities to win in different categories including best display, most creative soup and grown local. The Thirsty Cactus whipped up an alligator & agave corn chowder. Red Canoe Bistro offered a local venison & vegetable soup with organic barley. The most interesting sounding: The Twisted Lemon's kangaroo whisky stew with wild boar bacon & smoked provalone. Surprisingly, there were few vegetarian options, but the hot buttered apple soup from Jack Astors was delicious. At the end of your tasting it was up to you to vote. We may be a bit traditional, but our favorite was the turkey dinner soup, followed closely by the potato and cheddar soup with sour cream and bacon. And any soup in our opinion is best paired with fresh bread.
Soupfest is a wonderful event that unites Hamiltonians to better serve our community. And on a cold winter day, there's nothing better than comfort food to bring people together for a good cause.