• James Armstrong

Soup tasting fundraiser and Hudson Fair Trade Day


Members of the local Grannies Aid for Africa group will be putting their soup-making skills to the test in their upcoming fundraiser. Seen here, left to right, Gisela Marler, Joyce Pardo, Dolores Meade, Marlene Donnegan, Chris Merulla, and Carmella Portelance.

A soup tasting contest to decide which Hudson chef has created the tastiest soup is an upcoming fundraising event organized by the area Grannies Aid for Africa group. “Because it’s a local group of grandmothers and grand-others organizing this event, it is totally fitting that it’s happening on Mother’s Day weekend,” said spokesperson for the group Dolores Meade.

Six soups to taste

Five local chefs and the Grannies will each contribute a large pot of soup. Guests will be invited to sample each soup and vote for the one they like best and an award will be given to the winner. Once the winner is determined, guests will be invited to have a bowl of their favourite soup accompanied by sandwiches and followed by dessert. The competing chefs are from Café Campagne, Que de Bonnes Choses, Willow Inn, The Main Kitchen, and Zeina’s Kitchen.

“We are a local group of grandmothers that raise money to help support community organizations in Africa that are run by, and serve, grandmothers who are caring for children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic,” said Meade.

“All of the money raised by the event will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation,” said Meade of the eponymous parent organization founded by the former Canadian politician and diplomat. “We are truly grateful to our sponsor, Centre Décor Hudson, whose support has helped make this event possible.”

A presentation of African songs and acrobatics by artists from Kalabante Productions of Montreal is also part of the event. Tickets are on sale at Pure Art Boutique, 422 Main Road, and Que de Bonne Choses, 484 Main Road, for $20 per person. Free for children aged 12 and under. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 at Saint James’ Anglican Church Hall, 642 Main Road, Hudson from 12 to 2 p.m.

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