By: Leo Yin (age 10)
On October 5, 2013, people from all over the GTA attended the Holland Marsh Soupfest located in Newmarket, Ontario. It was a rainy day, but it was a perfect day to get some soup!
“About 1,000 people come each year, and many come over and over,” Jon Bell, the organizer, said excitedly.
The Holland Marsh farmers started this soup festival for the first time in October 2007 to let people try their food and product.
“Working with all the chefs is the most fun part of being an organizer,” Bell said.
Every year, about 30 chefs come to the festival. Wow! That is a lot of chefs in one place! If a restaurant had 30 chefs, it would be a big business, but at the Soupfest, most chefs were representing a restaurant of their own. They were there to compete to win a trophy for the soup they made. There were four trophies to be handed out. These trophies looked like metal bowls and they were laid right there at the entrance of the huge tent.
“To do the festival out in the rain is the most challenging part,” Bell said. Huge tents were set up in case of the rain. Inside a huge tent were the soup makers, crowded with a lot of people.
At the festival, I met Anna Orodi who was representing ‘You’re The Chef,’ an organization that teaches public school kids about eating habits and basic cooking skills. “My daughter, Natalie and I are just volunteers,” said Orodi.
Orodi likes to see people eat what she cooks and see the smiles on people’s faces. Orodi also said that it feels amazing to be a chef. She brought her special ‘Bean Soup’ for this festival.
A visitor named Amber Claus really enjoyed the fun and soups. “It’s a wonderful festival! A lot of effort was put to set up this festival,” said Claus. “The Mexican soup really makes me warm!” she said in a warm voice.
Matteo Castelli was one of the judges of the Soupfest. Castelli judges the soup by the flavour, colour, texture, spices/herbs, and originality. Castelli has been to at least 15 festivals! Castelli really enjoys the food and people there.
“All the soups had a great taste and it was very hard for me to give out the marks,” Castelli said.
The results were announced right after talking to Castelli.
The winner for the Home and Farm Category was Carron Farms and their soup was Purple Carrot Soup.
October is the season for soup. Step right up to have a bowl of soup and be amazed by the taste! Are you ready for your soup?
Hi, my name is Leo Yin and I am one of the journalists in Voice K. I am 10 years old and I am in grade 5. I live in Mississauga Ontario. I like to play sports, such as ice hockey, basketball, badminton, swimming, biking etc. l go to Credit Valley Public School. My favorite subject is math and l also really enjoy playing piano and singing. My favorite piano peace is Fur Elise. So yeah. That's pretty much all you need to know about me. See ya!