The Great American Soup Off (and Chili) competition will get under way at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Roth Room of The Liberty, 222 E. Main St., Elkin.
“The event not only showcases local cooks but brings the community together for a great fundraiser benefiting Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministries,” said organizer Leighanne Martin Wright.
The event was the brain-child of Wright and Suzanne Puckett. The two began the soup off several years ago when Puckett owned Royall’s Soda Shop in Elkin. It has become a much-beloved tradition in the community.
Not only do area cooks have a chance to compete, but soup lovers can join in the fun by tasting the soups and voting for the People’s Choice Award.
“It’s a wonderful way for cooks in the community to gather together honing their cooking skills, and at the same time helping raise money for such a great cause like Tri-C,” said Douglas Sanders, who took home multiple prizes in last year’s soup and chili off.
Secret judges will be tasting all entries and scoring them. The soup and chili with the highest scores wins the $100 grand prize thanks to sponsors Rhythm On Main Dance and Gymnastics and Hugh Chatham Aquatics and Wellness Center.
In addition to the secret judges, spectators are invited to join in the fun by donating $5 and tasting all the entries and voting on their favorites. The soup and chili winning The People’s Choice awards will each get gift certificates thanks to sponsors Yadkin Valley General Store and Harry’s Place. Other sponsors include The Liberty and 222 Public House.
“Suzanne and I have the best time planning this event year after year. Last year we added the chili contest and that was a big hit. I hope this event continues to grow — it’s so much fun even if you didn’t enter just to come and taste all the entries and help a great cause,” Wright said.
As a past winner, Sanders suggested contestants bring copies of their recipe to share.
“And also have little extras to garnish your soup or chili, and remember this is for fun as well,” Sanders added.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.