Hundreds of comforting, wholesome bowls of soup helped raise over £6,000 in support of rough sleepers.

On November 27th, the SoupFest18 Pop-up Kitchen set up shop at Bedford’s Harpur Square, inviting members of the public to come and help make a difference on Giving Tuesday.

Local chefs and restaurants were asked to cook up delicious varieties of soup, while volunteers served the soup, and local bakeries supplied the bread.

The event helped raise £6151, smashing the 2017 total of £4,500.

SoupFest 2018

Tackling a real issue

Proceeds will go to homeless charities in Bedfordshire, which has the seventh highest number of rough sleepers.

Speaking about the success of the event, organiser and chief ‘Souperintendent’ Emma Garrett said: “It is always shocking to see people sleeping rough in the streets and it was a delight to see the people of Bedford rally together on November 27th to make a small difference, one cup of soup at a time.

“The money raised will help make the lives of those sleeping rough a little easier to endure.”

Bedford’s inaugural SoupFest in 2017 brought together 25 of the area’s restaurants and chefs.

From Cep Mushroom and Chestnut to Vegetable Soup there was something to tantalise all taste buds, at a minimum donation of just £3.00.

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