Sylvan Lake hosting first annual SOUP! Empty Bowls Festival

The festival on Nov. 3 will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in support of the Sylvan Lake Food Bank

Photo courtesy of the Town of Sylvan Lake website

Sylvan Lake’s first annual SOUP! Empty Bowls Festival will take place Nov. 3 at the NexSource Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This new festival is being put on by the Town of Sylvan Lake and was organized by Culture and Tourism Coordinator Kristen Shima.

“[This] has been an international event and I’m brining it to Sylvan Lake to connect the community to art as well as to the local food bank,” said Shima.

Those wishing to attend the event can show up on Nov. 3 and choose a handmade ceramic bowl for $20.

With purchase of the bowl is bottomless soup and a bun.

“The soup is donated from local restaurants and all the proceeds go to the food bank,” continued Shima.

Bottomless soup can also be purchased without the ceramic bowl for $10.

Shima added the event is open to everyone.

“We have live music going, we have lots of children’s activities, we have free hot chocolate and drinks,” explained Shima. “It’s more of a community gather just to connect the community and raise awareness that there is hunger in every community and support the food bank.”

There will be 260 handmade ceramic bowls going to the event.

Some of the bowls have been made by potters, while the others were decorated by people around Town.

Over two weeks at the beginning of Oct. there was several places throughout the community to paint bowls for the festival.

“It’s just a new cultural event and we just want to promote as much as possible to get the community to come out to this and support each other,” said Shima.

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