Celebrate with a lovin’ spoonful
Gallery’s 30th anniversary dishes up Soup Day
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.
DELICIOUS: There was a long line for soup at the annual Friends of the Grafton Gallery Soup Day last year.