• Lauren Mitchell

5th annual S.O.U.P. Festival set for September


This year marks the 5th consecutive year that the Vaudreuil-Soulanges S.O.U.P. (Symbol of Openness and Union of Peoples) Festival will happen at the Pointe-du-Moulin historical park in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, but special to this year is that it will now be extended to a two-day event over the Labour Day weekend.

The Vaudreuil-Soulanges S.O.U.P. (Symbol of Openness and Union of Peoples) Festival will return this fall season in order to bring different cultures together over bowls of homemade soup – a food consumed worldwide and better when shared amongst friends. The activities will once again be held at the beautiful Pointe-du-Moulin historical park in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot. Since the festival was so successful in its previous years, with close to 5,000 visitors from throughout the Vaudreuil-Soulanges and West Island regions, the committee has now decided to extend the festival to a second day. The festivities will start Sunday, September 4, when the park will open at 9:30 a.m. and will finish up on holiday Monday, September 5, at 5 p.m.

“As I always say, to harvest the vegetables that’ll give your soup a really original, tasty, aromatic flavour, you don’t just have to scratch your head, you also have to scratch the soil,” said organizer Pierre Séguin, of Galerie Pierre Séguin. “So hurry up, take out your spades and rakes and get busy planting seeds and seedlings for those delicious soups that you’ll give us a taste of at the festival, which this year, consists of two days of activities.”

On Sunday, the annual Golden Ladle Contest will take place, which invites anyone and everyone to bring in their own soups to be tasted by the event’s crowds. The winning soup will be determined by most popular due to the most received votes, in which the best soup maker will receive the coveted prize. There will be the Chef’s Toque Soup contest, specifically for professional soup makers to display their talents and the Soup Mania contest, for those who are amateur soup-lovers and would love to hear the opinions of others.

“The kids will have a sandbox and board games to play with,” said Séguin. “There’ll be interpreter presentations at the mill and the miller's house. Again this year, you’ll have a chance to display your performance talents as a singer, musician, storyteller, comedian, or any other type of performer.”

On Monday, there will be the introduction of the new ‘Bread Celebration,’ which will allow festivalgoers to taste different types of breads and also allow different cultural breads to be showcased. The event will take place from 12 to 5 p.m. September 5 also at the Pointe-du-Moulin park.

“It’s all about the same spirit of openness, celebrating a food that’s consumed worldwide every single day and sharing your discoveries and little secrets,” explained Séguin. “The history of bread, from designing an oven to tasting the results.”

For more information, consult www.festivaldelasoupe.ca. Entry forms for professional and amateur soup-makers, performers, and volunteers are also there in the Inscriptions section.