• James Armstrong

Soup’s On for Hudson Grannies Aid for Africa fundraiser


Stirred up by the success of their first soup tasting contest in 2017, Hudson’s Grannies Aid for Africa are serving it up again this weekend.

It’s time for the second annual soup tasting contest to raise funds for the Hudson Grannies Aid for Africa organization and this year’s event takes place at Saint James’ Church Hall, 642 Main Road on Saturday, May 4 from noon to 2 p.m.

Six soups to taste

Six local restaurants 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 followed by dessert. The competitors are Café Campagne, Crème Brulée, Baron Bites, Juniper, Que de Bonnes Choses, and Zeina’s Kitchen.


Not only are attendees provided with food, it’s served up this year with musical entertainment by African singer Djely Tapa. She hails from Mali and is a descendant of a family of griots, which is a West African historian, storyteller, singer, poet and musician. Their task was to maintain the repository of oral tradition and pass it on through each succeeding generation. According to her biography, Djely Tapa is the daughter of Kandia Kouyaté, one of the greatest voices of Mali and Djely Bouya, a legendary dancer and singer.

Since her arrival in Montreal in 2004, Djely Tapa has made her mark in the Quebec artistic world performing in various festivals including the Francofolies and Nuits d’Afrique. “We are very lucky to have her with us,” said Grannies’ spokesperson Dolores Meade.

Grannies Aid For Africa mission

“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 adding they are part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers Campaign.

“All of the money raised by the event will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation,” said Meade of the organization named for the Canadian politician and former Deputy Director of UNICEF.

“We are also truly grateful to our sponsor, Centre Décor Hudson, whose continued support has helped make this event possible,” added Meade.

Tickets for the event are $20 each and are available at Pure Art Boutique, 422 Main Road and Que de Bonne Choses, 484-D Main Road, Hudson.

As of Tuesday, April 30, there were only a few tickets left, according to Meade. But there’s still a chance tickets will be available at the door for this popular and tasty event.

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