Soupalicious is a licensed nationwide event created by the Compost Council of Canada. It helps support the the Plant-a-Row Grow-a-Row campaign, which urges citizens to grow food for those in need. In Revelstoke, Soupalicious has proven a success.
Organized by Melissa Hemphill of Community Connections’ Food Security Coordinator, last year’s Soupalicious brought in $3,000 to the Revelstoke Food Bank and fed 380 people. Adult tickets are $10, kids twelve and under are free.
“I suspect we’ll have more guests this year than last,” says Hemphill. “It’s a popular event and the kick off for Revelstoke’s Welcome Week, and the feedback has always been really positive.”
Hemphill is a firm believer that a thriving and connected community is essential to happiness and wellbeing, especially at this time of year.
“November is a hard month on people’s emotions and mental health in Revelstoke,” explains Hemphill. “Many with the means to head out of town. It’s dark and wet and I feel it’s really important for the community to come together at the end of a tough month.”
The importance of food and the role it can have in a community is integral to Soupalicious. “Food brings people together, it creates social cohesion and connection,” says Hemphill. “It’s the really beautiful part of Soupalicious, aside from the all you can eat soup, of course.”
Soupalicious is a zero waste event and people are encouraged to bring their own bowl and spoon. All waste will be collected by the North Columbia Environmental Society and sent to Spa Hills Composting in Salmon Arm.
As of publication, there are eight restaurants or local groups ready to make and serve soup at the third annual Soupalicious. The Taco Club, Community Connections, The Aboriginal Society, the Local Food Initiative, Chubby Funsters, The Village Idiot, The Rockford, and The Modern are all involved.
The event takes place November 24, at the Revelstoke Recreation Centre from 12:00-3:00pm. Jars of soup will be available for take home purchase for $5 each.