Soup’s On is like every memory you had as an excitable teenager or college student but re-tooled and slowed down for someone of… a more matured taste. Alright, let’s be honest, Soup’s On is a bar crawl but with soup. Sponsored by the Ligonier Chamber of Commerce, Soup’s On works for its expertly anticipated niche appeal. By mid-March everyone is looking for a reason to get outside, but it’s still cold enough to enjoy some hot soup. In a sort of “if you ladle it, they will come” way, Soup’s On is a brilliant idea, and a no-brainer destination.
The setup at Soup’s On couldn’t be simpler or more brilliant. Downtown restaurants and boutique shoppes serve up delicious a delicious walking tour of soup. Classics such as Ham and Bean, Clam Chowder, Stuffed Pepper, and Firehouse Chili are staples of the event, but some culinary mad scientists stir up inventive and downright gourmet-style soups. Creative submissions like Thanksgiving Dinner soup, Transylvania fish soup, Creamy Tomato with Gin, and Roasted Cauliflower with Brie accentuate the pride and effort that local businesses project on this event. Certainly this is good for visitors as the end result is an afternoon of fantastic delicacies.
Soup’s On starts at the beautiful town square under the gazebo. From there, streets spoke off in various directions while patrons trek to various soup destinations. It’s a good thing that Soup’s On forces visitors to cover ground, because with over 25 soups to try, you fill up quickly. Certain patrons should heed this note: Soup’s On covers a lot of ground. The map of participating shoppes comprises just the downtown area, so everything is relatively accessible. Still, certain destinations may constitute what some consider a long hike, so proper planning may be necessary for those unable to walk far.
At the end of the event, ticket holders can vote for their favorite soup. Then, a prize – the much coveted golden ladle – is awarded to the winning restaurant and winning organization.
Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance or the day of and the cost is surprisingly reasonable. Parking is in town.