Soupstock 2013 brings soup contest , a food court, music, arts + more to Shelton, Connecticut

22 May


We told you about Soupstock last year…a free music, food, and arts festival that is now in its fourth year.  While Soupstock (taking place on June 8 from 10-8 pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Shelton) has always been about fun, there’s also a heart to this much anticipated event.  Proceeds from the event (there are lots of chances to give and help support) go to The Mary A Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund (read more here) that benefits art, craft, and music education for children and young adults.  Let’s show you why you’ll need to keep Saturday, June 8 free for you, yourself, your friends, and your fam:

Picture1) There will be great food options for you:

We’re talking Liquid Lunch of Shelton and Milford, BRYAC from Bridgeport (they’ll have a raw bar), DiSorbo’s Bakery of Hamden, Mamoun’s Falafel of New Haven, and Addeo’s Italian Ice of Shelton.  Kristien just might spend the entire festival shooting oysters, though. :P

2) Judge and slurp away at the 4th Annual Soupstock Pro/Am Soup Cook Off!

If you’d like to slurp away and shovel down lots of great soup, then you’ll need to hit up the Soup Cook Off.  If you’d like to judge and try all the soups in the competition, then all you need to do is give a donation.  At that point, you’ll become an official “Schmecker,” which means “taster” in German.  Notice that you don’t become a schmuck…that’s different.    The Soup Awards will be presented at 5:45, so make sure to stick around and see who prevails.

Tomato soup with whipped burrata at Harlan Social in Harbor Point Stamford3) 15 Bands Playing All Day

As you can see from the fun graphic that Soupstock created, they have lots of musical fun lined up.  On the main stage, you can listen to Old School, Bobby Paltauf Band, Hubinger Street, The Alpaca Gnomes (they win for best name EVER!), Will Evans and Jeff Howard, Kung Fu, The Main Squeeze, and finally Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds.  On the soup stage, you’ll hear Teri Lynn, Wandering Roots, Hannah Fair, The String Fingers Band, Back from Earth, The Nameless Trio, and finally Newton Crosby.

4) Student Art Exhibit and Competition

Art from local schools will be up on display and will be entered into the annual Soupstock art contest.  Winners will be selected in various age categories, so you don’t need to worry if you’re a 10 year old competing against a 16 year old. :)  The amount of art last year was amazing, and they are still receiving submissions for this year.  Just e-mail Michele at with “Soupstock Art” as your subject line.

5) And Lots More…

There will be many different vendors (there were over 40 last year) to check out and buy great goods from.  Plus, there’s plenty to do with your kids like the Hoop Zone by Bringthehoopla, children’s yoga, a drum circle, Tie-Dye Madness, and arts & crafts projects such as necklaces, ornaments, or even Soupstock Crowns.

If you’d like more info, visit their site, check out the guide or e-mail  They could also use volunteers, so if you’re free and would like to help out, let them know!
More about Soupstock from their official site:
SOUPSTOCK is the annual fundraising event for the Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund, a 501c3 public charity started by Mary’s grandchildren Joe Manganello and Michele Bialek and Michele’s husband Fred Bialek in 2010.  Along with co-producer and board member Nicole Heriot, we have created a signature cultural event for the Lower Naugatuck Valley area.  But we can’t do it without the help of our volunteers and sponsors.  We rely on the generous donations from the public and from private corporations to present SOUPSTOCK, and to fund our charitable aims.Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Mary A Schmecker Turtle Shell fund to help us reach our goals of bringing creative education to young people.

One Response to “Soupstock 2013 brings soup contest , a food court, music, arts + more to Shelton, Connecticut”


  1. CT Food News, Vol. 33: Cheesetopia, Tastings, BYOB, Contests, Props, #CTbeer + More | OmNomCT - March 26, 2015

    […] Soupstock is looking for challengers in their Professional/Amateur Soup and Chili Competition. Think you got what it takes to win? E-mail Michele at or call Fred up at (203) 926-6038. […]


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