February 23, 2009

Winnipeg crowd makes short work of soup

Organizers of a festival honoring Canada's fur-trapping forefathers called it a fitting tribute after 2,500 bowls of pea soup disappeared in 90 minutes.

It is in the spirit of the voyageur tradition, declared Festival du Voyageur manager Colin Mackie after the hot soup was gobbled down on Sunday.

That's what they ate, Mackie added. What's better on a cold day than to get a hot cup of soup?

The soup was likely a cut above what was served on those wind-swept river banks by the early traders. According to Monday's Winnipeg Free Press, the soup served at the festival was the product of recipes from 10 top Winnipeg restaurants.

The newspaper said the 40th anniversary of the festival drew a record 105,000 visitors over 10 days this year.