The 12th annual Soupfest for Living Rock was a “souper” event! Guests had the chance to escape the cold by enjoying delicious samples of soup from 26 local restaurants, including McMaster’s own The Phoenix Bar & Grill and co-owned Top Chef Canada contestant, William Thompson’s, Stillwater Plate & Pour.
The participating restaurants competed for awards that were determined by public vote. Best Display was won by Collin’s Brewhouse, Best Locally Grown Soup was awarded to Detour Roasters Café for their Potato and Caramelized Onion Puree, Most Creative Soup was given to Baci Restaurant for their Espresso and Chilli Chocolate Covered Bacon Soup, and lastly, Best Soup was claimed by 4th Course Bistro at Copetown Woods’ Lobster Bisque. Additionally, a new award category was introduced this year. The first ever Chef’s Choice, a blind taste test judged by La Piazza Allegra Italian Restaurant’s Mark Farrugia, Downtown Abbey’s Pamela Foster, and Twisted Lemon’s Dan Megna, was won by The Harbour Diner for their Bacon, Leek and Tomato Soup.
Guests also enjoyed performances by local talent. Performers included Paul Federici, Peter Banting Swingtet, Tia McGraff, Peter Tigchelaar and Al Craig, Darin Martin Band, and Robin Benedict. Hamilton band The Saints are Coming, as well as Juno Award Winner and Hamilton native Tomi Swick also ignited the stage with their talent.
Soupfest is a special event because it brings the community together to support Living Rock, who has been working for 28 years to create support for youth-at-risk in Hamilton. However, Soupfest isn’t the only Living Rock event! Living Rock works year round to support Hamilton’s youth. Other programs include the Breakfast Program, food banks, housing support, the Tri-Rock Employment Program, and many more.
Hamiltonians will be patiently waiting for Soupfest 2015!
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Written by: Chrysalene Teo, Volunteer at CFMU 93.3