• Lauren Mitchell

Vaudreuil-Soulanges is serious about S.O.U.P.


PHOTO BY LAUREN MITCHELL

Pierre Séguin, co-organizer of the festival serves a sample of Québécoise soup alongside co-organizer Nicole Delorme to get a taste of what is to come at the 6th annual edition of the Festival de la S.O.U.P.E. de Vaudreuil-Soulanges. The event will again be held at the Pointe-du-Moulin national park in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

The Vaudreuil-Soulanges S.O.U.P. (Symbol of Openness and Union of People) Festival saw a success of over 5,000 festival-goers at last year’s event and this year, they’re aiming for bigger and better. For their sixth annual event, the festival will again be held at the Pointe-du-Moulin Historical Park in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

“Soup is present in every family, in every city, in every country, and on every continent,” began Pierre Séguin, co-organizer of the festival. “It is interesting to see what type of soup each individual can make, and to talk to us about what they’ve created. That is the concept of the S.O.U.P. festival.”

Families are encouraged to attend the festival with their 2017 edition green soup cup in hand, which they can purchase on site the day of the event. There will be activities for children including sandboxes, bean-bag toss, outdoor group games, and obstacle courses. There will be guided tours of the historic windmill and the miller’s house for all ages, including cart tours. New to this edition will be Les Éclusiers de Lachine, a group of dancers who will perform for the festivalgoers.

This year will welcome the return of friendly competitions, for amateur soup creators and professional chefs, as Nicole Delorme, co-organizer of the festival, explained, “The contest for the Golden Ladle is really an experience, not only for the festivalgoers, but also for all the others who make the soup.”

Soup Mania will be for those who make soup simply for the love of cooking. For those who want to try to put their soup to the test, and get others to sample it, this competition is for you. There will be three lucky winners who have the chance at the Bronze, Silver and Gold Ladles, decided by popular vote.

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“We didn't really know what this festival was or what it was about,” said Karel Sabourin, a student from Collège Bourget and winner of the Golden Ladle from last year's event for a winning concoction of cream of cauliflower and leek soup with heavy cream and duck fat, and a sprinkling of crispy bacon. “We were told that it was a really good experience, and that we should try it. It was actually something that we will never forget, because it allowed us to all work together, we prepared it all together, and we all had a lot of fun.”

Chef’s Toque Soup is the next level competition, where professional chefs must compete against each other to win the satisfaction of the crowd. Each chef will have to try to convince the festivalgoers and judges that they deserve to win the prize of the professional Golden Ladle.

To sign up as a chef or amateur cook, or even as a volunteer for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges S.O.U.P. Festival, please visit their website at www.festivaldelasoupe.ca

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