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Vaudreuil-Soulanges prepares for upcoming 7th annual SOUP Festival


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Benoît Lévesque, Vice President of the administrative board for Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot (NDIP) Mayor Danie Deschênes, L’Île-Perrot Mayor Pierre Séguin and Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal at the press conference to announce the 7th edition of the SOUP Festival that will be held in NDIP on September 2.

Residents from across Vaudreuil-Soulanges are invited to attend this year’s seventh edition of the annual SOUP Festival to be held at Pointe-du-Moulin Historic Park in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot (NDIP) on Sunday, September 2.

The announcement was made by SOUP President Nicole Delorme during a press conference at the Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges branch at 170 Harwood Boulevard on Monday, June 4.

People coming together

The SOUP acronym refers to the Symbol of Openness and Union of People that occurs when a simple bowl of soup creates unique opportunities for participants to come together not only to share flavours, but also their philosophies with people near and far. People from the West Island and Eastern Ontario have attended recent festivals, said Delorme.

The SOUP Festival helps to build bridges between strangers who wouldn’t normally talk to each other by engaging in impromptu conversations with others over a simple bowl of soup, said Delorme.

The soups, created by amateurs and professionals, are free for the public to sample and the winner of the coveted ‘Golden Ladle’ is decided by popular vote.

“The festival will hopefully create memorable and lasting connections between people,” Delorme told The Journal.

“It’s a great, fun event where people get together. They may wait in line to get a small bowl of soup to taste, but they’re always talking to each other, which is great and which is also the purpose of the festival,” Delorme added.

Important annual event

Benoît Lévesque, Vice-President of the administrative board for Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges, said Desjardins is proud to have supported the festival since its inception. Desjardins has made an annual contribution of $5,000 for a total of $35,000 since 2012, said Lévesque.

The festival has grown in size and scope and has become an important event that draws people from the region and beyond, he added. “We are proud to be associated with this festival. I’m happy to participate in this event every year with my family and children,” he said.

Economic boost

For NDIP Mayor Danie Deschênes, the festival has become a fixture within the community and helps boost the local economy. It attracted more than 5,000 people in 2016.

“It’s one of the most important events in Notre-Dame. It brings a lot of people into our municipality. Having 5,000 people here in one day is enormous. It’s part of our strategy to take care of our economy. People go to the farms to pick up their apples and then they come to the festival,” Deschênes told The Journal.

For more information about this year’s event and activities, visit the SOUP Festival website at https://www.festivaldelasoupe.ca/.

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