For the fifth consecutive year the Vaudreuil-Soulanges S.O.U.P. Festival is back


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The 5th Annual Vaudreuil-Soulanges S.O.U.P. Festival will be held at Pointe-du-Moulin Historical Park in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot Sunday, September 4. Come enjoy the consommés, cream soups and veloutés and, most of all, the pleasure of good company.

On Sunday, September 4, for the fifth consecutive year, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges S.O.U.P. Festival (Symbol of Openness and Union of Peoples) will be back in Pointe-du-Moulin Historical Park with its famous Gold Ladle Contest. Last year was a triumph with 5000 visitors, 24,000 soup servings and 13 professional soup chefs.

So, what is the S.O.U.P. Festival exactly? It’s nothing less than a gargantuan tasting festival of some 30 different soups, originating here and elsewhere and all bursting with flavour, and an occasion for people to come together on an annual basis since 2012. It’s intercultural and intergenerational. But there’s more than just sipping soups - there’ll be games, music, talking, laughing and listening to each other. In other words… no end of fun.

The Vaudreuil-Soulanges S.O.U.P. Festival was the first North-American member of the International Charter of Soup Festivals that has been active in Europe since 2001 and is dedicated to getting to know each other and appreciating our differences.

Chef’s Toque Soup is a friendly contest between professionals, decided by popular vote, where the famous and highly coveted Gold Ladle is up for grabs. Imagine how the chefs, scraping vegetables and chopping chives in their kitchens, will have racked their brains to invent the soup to win the coveted Golden Ladle. So now and taste the results!

Soup Mania is for all amateur soup-makers, meaning you, me and everyone! Again, there will be three prize Ladles, Gold, Silver and Bronze, to be awarded by popular vote. Come here once and you’ll make it an annual outing. The soups will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Activities for Young and Old

The festival offers multiple activities. There will be historical presentations at the Mill and the Miller's House, and free wagon rides for you to discover the beauty and vastness of the park. Let us hear your favourite music by bringing a CD or USB key. Don’t forget to bring chairs in case you feel tired or maybe a little bit lazy. And sun hats too!

The kids will have a sandbox and board games to play with. Close by, there will be a tent, called Station Petite Soupe, for moms (parents) to breastfeed or change their toddler.

For those who have started their collection of cups last year, the souvenir cup will be black this year. This is a fundraiser to ensure the Festival’s continuity. This friendly collector's item costs only $5. Show your support and love for the S.O.U.P. Festival by purchasing one.

Each year, we want to see more of you attend - so get busy! Talk to your neighbours all around and to your colleagues at work to get them to join in. Nag them if need be. Once they’ve experienced the event, they’ll be won over.

So mark your calendar for Sunday, September 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.at the Pointe-du-Moulin Historical Park. The Park opens at 9:30 a.m. Find directions, the program, and photos from previous years on our website at www.festivaldelasoupe.ca. Event takes place rain or shine and parking is free. Please note that on this day animals will not be allowed in the park. For information call (514) 453-9530 or email info@festivaldelasoupe.ca

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