sensational soup-off

Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 9th  1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Aboyne Hall, Wellington County Museum
0536 Wellington Road 18, Elora, Ontario

Get creative and give back! Our Soup-Off is the grand finale of Sensational Elora and the culmination of the 2023 Elora Empty Bowls Project. The focus of this event is to raise funds for the fight against hunger in our community especially at this bountiful time of the year.   The soup-off gives cooks, professional, amateur and youth, a fabulous opportunity to showcase their flair for soup-making. During this fun-filled day, these “super soupers” will be competing for the title of “Super Souper of the year” as voted on by the public. Chefs and cooks must pre-register by October 2nd in order to participate in the competition.

Chefs and cooks are encouraged to use fresh, locally-grown ingredients, and provide a minimum of 20 quarts (18 L)  of their signature soup. To celebrate the diversity of our community, we are encouraging soupers and soup recipes that represent as much multi-cultural cuisine as possible to participate in this event. As inflation has resulted in significantly higher food costs, Sensational Elora has decided to increase the cost of entry to our event slightly for 2023, allowing us to allocate an honorarium  of $50.00 to each soup-maker. 

The public can then enjoy samples of each competitor’s creation and mark their ballot for their favourites. Awards will be given in the following categories:

Best Professional
Best Amateur

Best Youth (under 18)

Your soup will be judged by the tasting public. This counts 50% toward your final grade. The other 50% is based on a panel of celebrity judges: Their judging criteria will be:
Ingredients from local/regional/provincial growers - 40% (Spices are not considered in this category).
Flavour/Originality - 40%
Presentation (booth & soup) - 20%

Click here to enter our Soup Off Contest!

The public can enjoy the soup, listen to live music, and buy a one-of-a-kind bowl or glass donated by local artists. Every dollar goes to a great cause. A day filled with family entertainment for local residents and visitors alike.

For further information call: Sensational Elora at 519-846-5638 or email us at

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Soup Off Application Form

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