Do You Make the Best Soup In Perthshire?

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When it comes to food, there are three things in life I know to be true. 

1) When it comes to bragging rights, us Perthshire people live in one of the tastiest and most culinary diverse corners of the world.  Keep your exotic star fruits and kangaroo steaks.  Here we boast the very best in beef, vegetables, berries, orchards, lamb and game… and we’ve not even started on the whiskey and ale!

2) In Scotland, soup cures all.  From our first foray into real food as babies, through our childhood and into old age it is a reassuring presence in our lives. It’s how your granny poured her love into a big pot and straight into you.  It will chill you down in Summer (gazpacho anyone?) and warm you through in winter. Add some spice, keep it chunky or zap it up and drink from a mug.

3) My Mum makes the best soup ever. Yes she does. She does.  

Are you reading this thinking ‘Actually, I think you’ll find my Granny’s soup is the best in Scotland?’.  If you are, you won’t be alone. In my experience all of us Scots come from a long, long line of braw soup makers.  A puckle tatties, a few leeks and a bit ham shank from Lindsay’s and you’ve got lunch sorted for a week.  

In Scotland, soup cures all.  From our first foray into real food as babies, through our childhood and into old age it is a reassuring presence in our lives. As our culinary tastes have changed so too has the variety of soups you’ll find bubbling away on a Scottish stove but the sentiment, the love and the perfectly reckless throwing in of veg and meat and stock remains as true as it always has.

This year, the people at Giraffe, aka those who brought you The Great Perthshire Picnic, are inviting all of us to put our recipes right where our mouths are and enter into their Zuppa! Great Perthshire Soup Competition. 

Whether your favourite recipe is a hale and hearty lentil, a warming butternut squash or a super cool gazpacho, this is your chance to proof that your family recipe is the best.

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There’s only one condition:  when your pot boils in the heartland of Scotland’s Larder then the main ingredient should come our local land.  So we’re looking for your signature ingredient to showcase the wealth of produce reared or grown right her in Perthshire.  Veggies, beef, lamb, mutton, venison, chicken, veggies…. You get the idea!   You could also finish it off with a drizzle of extra virgin rape seed oil, a crafty dash of beer, a tot of gin or dash of local whisky.

A panel of local chefs and judges from Giraffe will draw up a shortlist of ten finalists who will be invited to attend the Zuppa! Festival, to be held in Perth City Centre on Sunday 18th November, during Christmas Light Switch On Weekend. 

All ten soups will be served up to festive shoppers visiting the city and this mass public tasting will result in a vote to determine the overall Zuppa! Champion 2018.  I bet it’s my mum.

How To Enter Your Soup - And What You Can Win!

  • There are two competition categories - Under 18 and Over 18. Please state clearly which category you are entering.
  • Send your recipe into Giraffe Trading Co by midnight on Sunday 11th November.  Complete the form online over on the Zuppa website here>>> 
  • Judges will select the ten best recipes to be featured at the Zuppa! Festival on Sunday 18th November
  • Finalists will be invited into Giraffe's South Street Cafe on Sunday 18th November at 9am to make their soup for the event
  • All finalists will be invited to attend the Zuppa! Festival event on Sunday 18th November from 12noon to 4pm where they can chat to the public and encourage votes for their soup!
  • Public voting will determine the winner who will be announced at 4.30pm by the Provost.
  • The winning recipes will have their soup photographed at Violet Studios by Gill Murray, Food Photographer and Stylist, to be featured as the recipe of the week right here on our award-winning online mag. The winner of each category under 18 and over 18 will also receive a fantastic £100 Perth Card to spend in participating Indie retailers. 

Pass me a spoon - I can barely contain my excitement! 

If you need some inspiration check out our Soup Recipe section.

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