You’ve all heard the saying – “chicken soup is good for the soul.” But, what about dill pickle soup? That, plus a lot of other unique flavored soups, were available at this year’s Buffalo Soup Fest.
Matt Carlucci, founder of Buffalo Soup Fest told News 4, “This year we have 27 different restaurants, 80 different kinds of soup, snacks, desserts, etc.”
The idea of the festival originated about 8 years ago and it was a simplistic thought process that’s got Carlucci all that he has now. He shared, “I was sitting around the table with my wife and I said let’s do a festival and we were eating soup. I looked down and she said how about a soup festival?!”
From that moment forward, the festival has taken off.
Carlucci said, “We had about 3,000 people at the first one and we over filled the room we were in. The next year we over filled that room, then we moved to another venue, then we out grew that, and now were at the Convention Center and we’ve been here for the last 6 years!”
The vendors taking part are given full creative freedom to come up with a soup that will impress. They have had their share of mistakes. Carlucci said, “In the past, we’ve done some really crazy stuff like alligator and turtle and things that look fun on paper but nobody really wanted to eat.”
They’ve reeled it in a bit and now some of their most creative are a little more tolerable. Carlucci shared, “Danny’s created a breakfast brunch soup, Souped Up has a dill pickle soup, and Lennox Grill has a spicy kimchi soup.”
On top of filling your tummy with a favorite that’s sure to warm you up, some of the proceeds from the event and sales from bowls made by local students, go to help the homeless, through the charity – Friends of Night People.