• Carmen Marie Fabio

Rain doesn’t spoil the soup


Golden Ladle honours for grilled sweet corn chowder with bacon went to the team of students from Collège Bourget – their second first-place finish in two years.

Grey skies and a steady drizzle didn’t deter the visitors from across the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region from coming to Pointe-du-Moulin Historical Park in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot September 3 for the sixth annual Festival de la SOUP (Symbol of Openness and Union of Peoples).

The first place amateur winner, for the second year in a row, was the team of students from Collège Bourget who took the Golden Ladle honours for the roasted sweet corn chowder with bacon. Second place Silver Ladle honours were bestowed upon the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) for a creamy chicken soup with gnocchi and third place Bronze Ladle finish went to the Cercle de Fermières Vaudreuil for their zucchini and garlic soup.

In the professional category, Le Groupe Maurice captured the Golden Ladle for their cauliflower soup with maple bacon and sharp cheddar chips.

Though he didn’t claim a top-three finish this year, last year’s Bronze Ladle winner, Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke was back with a batch of his smoky white bean and Chorizo sausage favadas.

“The thing about this event is it doesn’t matter who wins and who loses,” said Schiefke. “The whole community wins. We all get to share soups from different cultures and backgrounds. One of the best things you can do as a community is share food.”

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