Entries being sought for soup cook-off

Heather Latter

The Rainy River District Dietitians and Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce are looking for participants for a “So You Think You Can Cook . . . Soups On” event slated for March 28.
Registered dietitian Megan Bale, of the Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre, said the event aims to “bring awareness to the importance of eating well and help community members get the real deal on their meal.”
“We are dedicated to busting up popular food and nutrition myths by bringing truths to the Rainy River District,” she added.
Bale said the event will be similar to “The Great Canadian Chili Cook-Off” which has been held here annually for years.
“We knew the chili cook-off was such a successful event that we thought this would be a good opportunity to get out in the community and let people know who we are,” Bale reasoned.
The soup cook-off also will be used to promote March as nutrition month.
“Anyone can participate,” Bale remarked, noting it can be an individual, community group, school group, or workplace.
In fact, organizers are suggesting workplaces hold a mini soup competition among employees to decide which one will advance to the “So You Think You Can Cook . . . Soups On” event.
There are, however, a few rules pertaining to the cook-off.
Soup must be pre-cooked and include three of the four food groups, at least four gallons of soup must be provided, and soup must be prepared in an inspected kitchen.
While the venue has yet to be confirmed, Bale assured a kitchen would be available the day before the event for those who don’t have access to an inspected kitchen.
Burners will be provided to all chefs during the event, in addition to ladles, bowls, spoons, buns, and beverages.
The public will be invited to come out and try all the different soups for a fee of $5 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded for the best soup, most unique soup, people’s choice, and healthiest soup.
Proceeds will be donated to area food banks.
“Register your soup soon. There is limited space,” urged Bale.
Registration forms are available at the Chamber office or by e-mailing Trisha Wood at t.wood@rhcf.on.ca
They must be completed and submitted by March 16.