Cel­e­brate with a lovin’ spoon­ful

Gallery’s 30th an­niver­sary dishes up Soup Day

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THE Grafton Re­gional Gallery cel­e­brates its 30th an­niver­sary this year and what bet­ter way to do that on a mid-win­ter’s day than sur­rounded with friends and warm bowls of soup.

This Sun­day, the Friends of the Grafton Gallery (FoGG) presents its an­nual Soup Day, a tra­di­tion that first came to the boil in 2000 as a fundrais­ing event.

Since then each year’s gath­er­ing has sported a dif­fer­ent theme, and this year it’s “cel­e­bra­tion” is in hon­our of the gallery’s mile­stone year.

Again FoGG have se­questered the cream of Clarence Val­ley chefs to share their most in­no­va­tive soups for guests to sam­ple and en­joy all done gratis to sup­port the gallery group’s fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

This year two new chefs join the line-up in­clud­ing Luke and Emily from Grafton’s 1851 Espresso and David Lorenzo who runs the gallery’s new cafe En­trees.

They will join long-time sup­port­ers of the day Erin Brown from Vines at 139, Rachel and Shelly from Heart and Soul Cafe and Tina from Tree Tops at the Vil­lage Green Ho­tel.

While the soups are the stars of the day, they are closely fol­lowed by the gourmet breads per­fect for dunk­ing.

Crafted by sup­port­ers Ge­off Crispin, Evie Miller and David Lorenzo, look out for the rolls with a Euro­pean twist, Ital­ian, Ira­nian and Is­raeli mas­ter­pieces and range of tasty sour­doughs. Each year a lo­cal celebrity artist joins the line-up at the burn­ers to present a soup and talk about their artis­tic life and this Sun­day Ker­rie Bowles from Cow­per Art Gallery has that hon­our.

Reg­u­lars to the event and soup lovers from all over the Clarence will not be dis­ap­pointed with the line-up on of­fer this year.

Soup Day com­mences at noon in the Grafton Re­gional Gallery Court­yard, Fitzroy Street, Grafton. Cost: $30/ $25 FoGG mem­bers, and in­cludes all soups and breads, cakes and tea/cof­fee. A pay bar will also be operating. Book­ings es­sen­tial: Reser­va­tions must be ac­com­pa­nied by pay­ment which can be made at the gallery’s front desk.

WHILE THE SOUPS ARE THE STARS OF THE DAY, THEY ARE CLOSELY FOL­LOWED BY THE GOURMET BREADS PER­FECT FOR DUNK­ING.

Photo: Adam Houri­gan

DE­LI­CIOUS: There was a long line for soup at the an­nual Friends of the Grafton Gallery Soup Day last year.

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