Wednesday, October 15, 2014

5th Annual Smith Street Soup Festival Is This Saturday

Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010
Smith Street Soup Festival, October 2010
Now in its 5th year, the Smith Street "Festivale Des Soupes" has become a favorite neighborhood event. Organized by South Brooklyn Local Development Corporations (SBLDC), the Food Festival will allow people to sample and judge about 25 soups made by some of Smith Street's best eateries as they stroll along the sidewalks of Smith Street from Atlantic Avenue to Second Street.

Not only is it drawing bigger crowds every year, but the list of participating eateries is getting longer.
So come early. Below, please find all the pertaining information.

A 14 Block Soup Crawl On Smith Street

Saturday October 18th, 2014
(Raindate Sunday 10/19/14)
1PM to 4PM

Thousands of people come to Smith Street to enjoy this Family Friendly Foodie Event. Some 20 of our Restaurants & Food Shops simmer up their favorite soup recipe in sufficient quantity to serve at least 300 4oz tasting cups each, and provide a person with a smiling face to collect the tasting tickets and serve up the soup at their business location. They are: BAR TABAC,  CIBAO, CEOL, HUNTER’S,  THE H.S. FOR INTN’L STUDIES,  STINKY BROOKLYN,  ANGRY WADES, PAZZI PASTA,  JOLIE CANTINA,  PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF BKLYN,  RAMNA INDIAN RESTAURANT,  PROVENCE EN BOITE,  DASSARA RAMEN,  CUBANA CAFÉ,  MAD DOG AND BEANS,  ZAYTOONS,  THE JAKE WALK, KITTERY,  CLAUDINES, and AVLEE GREEK CUISINE.

Tastings are served in 4oz tasting cups, with plastic soup spoons and napkins. Restaurants must be sure to save enough soup for our panel of Celebrity Judges who will taste them all, and rate them on Appearance, Texture, and Taste to award Gold, Silver, and Bronze Ladles to the winners. The judges are the only ones allowed to “cut” the lines – and there will be lines. This year’s Celebrity Judges this year will include Mr. Brooklyn Foodie himself – Marty Markowitz, Peter DeNat of YELP, and others TBA.

It is all for a good cause as well because SBLDC shares the proceeds of the day (and the work) with the Culinary Arts Program at the High School For International Studies on Baltic Street between Smith & Court. Keeping a Public High School Culinary Program running properly all year long takes a bigger food budget than the Department of Education provides so this event is a very important Fund Raiser for them. Students man the ticket selling tables, 3 of them at the corners of Smith & President, Butler, and Bergen Streets, as well as serve up their own soups.

Prices are 5 Tastings for $7.00, 12 Tastings for $15.00, or 25 Tastings for $25.00 – affordable for everyone!! This is a real community building event and we hope you will be a part of it.

No reservation needed, but arrive early so that you can sample as many soups as possible.  You don't want to miss this event.


Anonymous said...

This comment not implied criticism of PMFA at all-- I have much respect for your work!-- but I'm struck by this event and the weekly one I see at at least two locations in Coney Island every Saturday, i.e. the long lines for the local charity 'soup kitchens'. Quite sobering, of course, compared the non-stop exercises in conspicuous affluence Smith & Court Streets are becoming.

Katia said...

Your comment made me pause. Thanks for the reality check.
Luckily, the Smith Street Soup festival benefits a very special neighborhood school.