Soup’s on, Bologna! Gran Festival Internazionale della Zuppa

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Get your soup on this Sunday!

April 21, 2013 is Bologna’s 8th Great International Soup Festival, a soup cook-off with more than 100 different soups.  The festivities will take place on Via Stoppato and Via Colombarola in the Corticella neighborhood.  People are encouraged to come by bike or bus and bring their own bowl and spoon.  The festival kicks off at 4PM, the tasting starts at 4:30PM, and the winners are announced at 7:30PM. Last year, Luke and I rolled up near the latter end of the festival and all the soup was gone, so make sure to go early if you want to take part in the tasting.  But if you miss the soup, it’s still worth checking out as the street party should continue well into the night.  Soup festivals also take place in Barcelona, ​​Berlin, Krakow, Frankfurt and Lille, France (where the tradition started 12 years ago).  The winners of Sunday’s cook-off will win a trip to one of the other soup festivals abroad.  The festival is organized by cultural associations Oltre…, Agorà dei Mondi, and Krila-Tdo in collaboration with Centro Sociale Ricreativo Villa Torchi and A.N.P.I. Corticella.  For more details, see the Associazione Oltre website or the festival’s Facebook page.

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