Souper trouper: MK Soup
October 17, 2016
If you want a warming bowl of home-made soup while contributing to a worthwhile cause MK Soup is the place to go.
Organised by MK Food Revolution and MK Christian Foundation, MK Soup is where people buy a bowl of soup and bread for £5 and listen to pitches by three community groups. People are then asked to vote for their favourite pitch with the evening's profits going to the group with the most votes.
MK Soup takes place every two months and previous winners have included Growing People (read more about them here) and the People's Allotment, based in Bletchley.
It is held at the MK Christian Foundation, in Wolverton, and I went up to find out what it is all about. It was a bit daunting going on my own, but a friendly group of people, one of whom turned out to be pitching on the night, invited me to their table. It has only been going for a short while, but has already started to attract plenty of visitors. Soups are provided by individuals and organisations with a choice of four on the night.
We heard pitches from Small Beans, run by Jane Charles who takes art opportunities into schools, and Foundation Training, which runs extra curricular activities for young people to support learning and social development. Both were great local causes with young people in mind, which made it difficult to pick a favourite.
After being inspired, it was time for soup. On this night, there was a choice between Greek lentil, carrot and cumin, honey roast parsnip and white bean and marrow. Something for everyone. The Greek lentil went down a storm, followed by the carrot and cumin, with people returning for a second bowl. The bread was also lovely and wholesome.
After having our fill of soup, it was time to find out which organisation was the winner. It was a close one, with Small Beans just nudging ahead. The money will be spent on a project to celebrate Milton Keynes' 50th birthday next year. Well deserved.
The next MK Soup will be held on Friday, November 18, from 7pm. Head along and have a soup-er time.