Holland Marsh Soupfest

By Bradford Times Staff

Last Saturday was a great day for soup.

The sun was shining but there was a nip in the air, and it was definitely jacket weather, for the annual Holland Marsh Soupfest.

Restaurateurs, culinary colleges and their students, local cooks and elected leaders were challenged to make their best soup using local ingredients, and serve up samples to an appreciative crowd.

In fact, the crowd was so large this year that soup-makers couldn’t keep up. BWG Mayor Rob Keffer, Deputy Mayor James Leduc and Coun. Mark Contois brought three large pots of their Country Marsh Split Pea Soup – and by 1 p.m. had run out.

It was the same story at other tables in the soup tent, where more than one entry packed up early, with nothing left in the pot.

Chef Steve Wilson of The Club at Bond Head prepared a huge cauldron of flavourful Country Chicken & Vegetable soup – but ran out of the Cheddar Sausage and Cornbread topping. “Over 200 portions,” he said, “and all just gone!”

Shredded Duck Soup, Harvest Potato, Turkey Lentil, Curried Cauliflower, Roasted Beet Soup with pickled cauliflower and scallions topped with olive oil, and a “beautiful celery soup topped with farmer's sausage, cheddar cheese and paprika oil”  were among the creations available, for those lucky enough to arrive while the soup was on.

Winners were Centennial College in the educational/institutional category; C.L.A.S.S. in the home chef/farm category; The Scruffy Duck, for best soup by a restaurant/caterer; Don Cherry’s for people’s choice - and King Twp. Mayor Steve Pellegrini won the elected official challenge.