Guilderland gets souped up for event

Michael Ermides, owner of Aromi d'Italia, said he is hopeful to repeat last year's success " best stew and most creative soup " but he acknowledged that the event will be fun regardless of the outcome.

"We're taking it all in good fun," he said. "I'm letting my chefs get creative."

He said the opportunity to come out and meet the residents and other competitors is another reason the restaurant will be participating, and he is excited for the event.

The judging will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the event's attendees. There will be apple picking, live music, an inflatable bounce house and a crate maze, according to information from the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce.

Carmine Spiro, a local chef and television personality, will also be on hand to help judge the soups.

It is $5 per person entry for soup sampling, and spectators can enter the car show free. There will be a $10 fee to enter a vehicle. The gates will open at 10 a.m., and the contest starts at 11 a.m. The first 50 entrants will receive a dash plaque and swag bag, and all vehicles entered receive a ticket for Souped Up. The awards presentation will be at 2 p.m.""

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