Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Soup Fest, January 27,2009

This year, Soup Fest was held at the Hamilton Convention Centre, as it had outgrown its Liuna Station locale.

Living Rock Youth Ministries hosted this annual event to raise money to support their programmes for youth at risk.

Local restaurant chefs and musicians donated their talents.

It seemed to me as if it was a never ending stream of people coming in for this event. We had thought that perhaps the crowd might be lighter when we went in the evening.

The various restaurants had decorated their booths and served up two different types of soups for this occasion. There was a competition between them to see whose soup was voted the most popular. It was up to the patrons to decide this! It sure was difficult to chose as they all looked delicious!

Local musical talent,who donated their time and skills, performed to enhance the event.

The price was reasonable, for seniors it was $8.00 and for that money, one could get four- 4 oz. cups of the soup of your choice. Twenty six restaurants participated.

The entertainment was provided by 13 different groups and was spaced out so that those arriving at different times would have something to listen to as they sipped their choices of soup.

All in all, SOUPFEST was a great success, with one of the volunteers telling us that this was the biggest crowd they had ever seen.

The work of the Living Rock Ministries deserves a mention here in more detail.

Many of the churches here in Hamilton support their work. Their office/house is situated at Hughson and Wilson, in the downtown area.

Their mission is to help youth who are in trouble or likely to be in trouble, turn their lives around. There is a book, by authors Suzie Chiodo and Al Craig, which can be purchased for the sum of $20.00 plus shipping and handling.

Al Craig and his wife Karen founded the Living Rock Ministries, a non-profit, interdenominational Christian outreach to street-involved and at risk youth.

For much more detail, please see their website at

Time well spent for a very worthwhile cause!

1 comment:

Martha Jette, Editor/Author/WebMaster said...

Hi Wilma:

Sounds like you had a good time. I could have used a cup or two of hot soup! Maybe, I'll get to this event next year.

Take care,