GUILDERLAND Those looking to soup up the coming weekend can plan for an event that covers the road to the bowl.
The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce will on hold Saturday, Sept. 28, its seventh annual event combining ladles of savory soups and awesome automobiles: Souped Up on Guilderland. This year, the event will be held at YMCA Adventure Camp, formerly Camp Nassau, located on Route 155, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ten to 12 restaurants are expected to compete in a soup cook-off alongside more than 100 rides participating in a car show. A farmers market and family-friendly activities round out the fall festivities.
Chamber President Kathy Burbank said the event started with two board members trying to development a fun fall event. One was interested in cars and another wanted some type of food contest.
“We were thinking about tailgating or burgers … but then a board member came up with soup,” Burbank said. “We tried to think what would be easy for restaurants to come to a different location and be able to serve. Soup is genius because it is very easy.”
For several years, Altamont Orchards hosted the car show and the chamber would organize the soup cook-off. Burbank said the new location offers a better layout for the event, which typically attracts more than 400 people.
“We switched it to (Adventure Camp) because it is a more centrally located area and the YMCA had asked us to move there,” she said. “It is really level with good drainage and it is nicely laid out. The car show can also be close to the soup tent in the pavilion, so people can wander in and out and see things together.”
There is also more parking and a playground area for kids. Other attractions include a bouncy bounce, hayrides and a DJ playing music.