SOUP’s on in Vaudreuil-Soulanges


YLJ FILE PHOTO/CARMEN MARIE FABIO

Soup reigns supreme at the upcoming 6th edition of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges SOUP (Symbol

of Openness and Union of People) Festival September 3.

The Vaudreuil-Soulanges SOUP Festival is back for the sixth successive year to be held at Pointe-du-Moulin Historical Park, 2500 blvd. Don-Quichotte, in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

The SOUP Festival stands for Symbol of Openness and Union of People. The aim of the festival is to bring people together, providing opportunities to meet new friends from different cultures. It’s a unique time to exchange recipes, ideas and points of view with people of all ages and backgrounds. And really, who doesn’t like soup? Soup is eaten worldwide, typically bringing comfort and joy to those who consume it.

The main activity is the Golden Ladle Contest which is nothing less than a gargantuan tasting of twenty or so different soups, originating here and elsewhere and all bursting with flavour. There are two categories. Chef’s Toque Soup is a friendly contest between professionals. Soup Mania is for all amateur soup-makers! And “amateur soup-makers” means you, me and everyone! 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 to be awarded by popular vote. Just thinking about tasting all those soups, each more delectable than the other, makes my mouth water! Beware, soup is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

But there’s more than just sipping soups! There’ll be sandboxes, bean bag toss games, outdoor group games and obstacle courses for young people; and 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. Additionally, this year will feature a troupe of traditional dancers, Les Éclusiers de Lachine.

Don’t forget to bring chairs in case you feel tired or maybe a little bit lazy. And sun hats too! Please note that animals will not be allowed in the park.

For those who have started their collection of cups, the souvenir cup will be green 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 SOUP Festival by purchasing one!

The Festival will take place, rain or shine, because it only happens once a year!

Whether you are from here or elsewhere, we're all waiting for you! Entry to the park, parking and tasting of soups are free.

For more information visit www.festivaldelasoupe.ca; e-mail us at info@festivaldelasoupe.ca; follow us on www.facebook.com/FestivalSoupe.VaudreuilSoulanges or call (514) 453-9530.

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