Second Sewickley Soup Crawl coming soon
Committee members expect the Sewickley Soup Crawl will sell out quickly, so they are encouraging soup lovers to buy tickets and to enter the Souper Cook Contest as soon as possible.
The crawl, hosted for the second year by Village Green Partners from noon to 3 p.m. March 16, will feature soup tasting at participating Sewickley businesses. Participants will vote on the soup they like best. A Souper Cook Contest, judged by five local celebrity judges, and a scavenger hunt for children also will be held.
Each participating restaurant and a retailer will partner to serve a 2-ounce sample of the restaurant's soup in a retailer's storefront.
Only 500 tickets will be sold for the soup tasting, and only 25 entries will be accepted for the Souper Cook Contest.
Linda Pell, the committee member who came up with the idea for the first Sewickley Soup Crawl last year after volunteering at the South Side Soup Crawl, said this year, the South Side event sold out in 30 minutes. So, she said she wants to encourage people to buy tickets for Sewickley Soup Crawl as early as possible.
If there are any tickets left, they can be purchased the day of the event. The deadline to register for the contest is March 15.
The Souper Cook Contest for individuals will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the judging ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. Participants must drop off their soups and register at Wolcott Park at 2 p.m.
Prizes will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners. Last year, 13 soups were entered. The winners were Darryl Robinson, Ambridge, first place, wild mushroom florentine; Jenna Componovo, Sewickley, second place, cold cucumber soup; and Ken Fister, Sewickey, third, seafood stew.
Soup Crawl participants will receive a map of participating businesses at Wolcott Park, Beaver and Broad streets. They'll follow the map and stop at each business to taste a soup sample. The restaurant or retailer will initial next to their spot on the map.
Once tasters have finished, they can return to Wolcott Park and vote for their favorite soup.
Last year, participants voted Café des Amis as winner for its Sweet Potato Chorizo.
As the winner, Café des Amis was given the Sewickley Soup Crawl Golden Ladle to display in the restaurant. The ladle will be passed to the winner this year.
Children can pick up a treasure map for the scavenger hunt at Wolcott.
They will look for images of leprechauns and mark locations on their maps where they found them. At the end of the crawl, they can take their maps back to Wolcott Park to claim a prize.
Participants also are encouraged to donate a can of food for the Sewickley Community Center Food Pantry.
Last year, about five grocery carts full of food was donated, and the proceeds from the event, more than $2,800 plus a $250 gift card from Giant Eagle, also were donated to the food pantry.
This year, proceeds will be used to help purchase healthy food for the Sewickley Valley YMCA teen OASIS Center's after-school program.
Ellyn Lenz, soup crawl committee member and OASIS program coordinator, said the food purchased will be made into healthy meals to serve to the children. Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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