As part of Waitrose’ commitment to the local community, the Admiral Park branch is supporting the annual Big Soup Kitchen Challenge which is taking place between 12.00-2.00pm on Tuesday 6 December outside the Town Church in St Peter Port.
The annual event will be officially opened by His Excellency Air Marshal Peter Walker and his wife Linda at 11.30am and proceeds will aid Bridge 2 Sri Lanka and the GSPCA.
16 local restaurants will be taking part in the challenge and serving around 20 different tasty soups to hungry islanders. Waitrose is donating all bread and butter as well as cups, lids and spoons for the event which last year raised over £2,000.
Allen Edwards, branch manager of Waitrose Admiral Park, is pleased to be supporting the event.
“We are committed to working with and helping the local community and we are always pleased to take part in initiatives that support local causes. This event is particularly exciting due to the number of restaurants participating and the great range of soups on offer. We hope that islanders will turn out to support the Bridge 2 Sri Lanka and the GSPCA.”
Islanders are being asked to donate £4.00 in return for a delicious cup of soup and customers will certainly be spoilt for choice. Lobster Bisque, North African Winter Broth and Caribbean Spiced Vegetable Soup with Jerk Chicken Strips are just some of the winter warmers on the menu.
Participating restaurants will be going head-to-head once again this year to win the Chef’s coveted plate which last year was won by James Ferguson of Sueco with his Spiced Sri Lankan Lentil Soup. Customers will be invited to rate the soup they have bought on a scale of 1-10 with the recipient of the most votes crowned the winner.
Four schools will also be getting in on the action this year with students from Amherst Primary School, Melrose Junior School, Notre Dame du Rosaire Primary School and Vauvert Primary School participating. Pupils have created their own special soups, including Chilli Winter Warmer and Guernsey Nettle Soup, and will be serving them on their own stall.
Staff from Deutsche Bank will be volunteering and ringing bells in the High Street and rounding up islanders to visit the stall.
Sarah Griffith, organiser of the Big Soup Kitchen Challenge and Bridge 2 Sri Lanka founder, said: “Each year this event attracts a large turnout and we hope to make this year’s event the best yet. We are urging local businesses to encourage their staff to leave their packed lunches at home for the day and come and sample the soups we have on offer. We are really pleased with the support that we have received from local businesses as not only is it a fantastic chance to try new soups served by some of the island’s best chefs but it is a great opportunity to raise money for two worthwhile causes ahead of Christmas.”