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Chamber to hold annual ‘Souped Up on Guilderland’ at a new location

Several restaurants will be serving up soups to please palates during a cook off at Souped Up on Guilderland on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Several restaurants will be serving up soups to please palates during a cook off at Souped Up on Guilderland on Saturday, Sept. 28. Submitted photo

— The inaugural event saw five restaurants making a couple of soups each and “a ton of cars,” Burbank said, and around 200 people turned out. Over the years, it has grown to include more restaurants, and chefs often return to defend their culinary titles.

“All the restaurants loved it and we just keep getting more and more,” she said.

The awards being given out for soups this year include best soup, best chili, best stew, best vegetarian and most unique. Soup offerings usually aren’t the typical choices you might get at restaurants, with chefs exploring new flavors and combinations.

“Grandmas last year did a pumpkin pie soup and the Township Tavern did a turkey dinner soup that had everything … it was awesome, so you get pretty elaborate things,” Burbank said.

Each year before the cook-off, Burbank talks to the different chefs and gets them fired up about the contest.

“Chefs are naturally competitive and I get them going,” she said. “Usually, if there are 10 soups, eight of them are outstanding. … It is above and beyond what you normally get anywhere.”

The car enthusiast turn out is a little harder to control, with the weather playing a big factor. The event will go on rain or shine.

“There can be no puddles or really rain the day before,” Burbank said. “If it has been a nice week and is a nice weekend, we get 100 to 140 cars.”

She said the “swag bags” filled with donated items from chamber members is part of the attraction, and every car gets a bag. Around 25 awards are also given out during the car show.

“This event is one car show people look for … because of the goodie bags and the soup,” she said.

The event opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with soup tasting beginning at 11 a.m., and there is a $5 admission to enter the soup area. Entering a car in the auto show costs $10, but that includes one entry ticket to the soup area, too. Children under 12 years of age can enter the soup area for free. Prizes are typically award around a half-hour before the event ends at 2 p.m.

For more information on the event, visit the chamber’s Taste of Guilderland website at www.tasteofguilderland.com.

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