Soup cans

Fundraising For Bedford's Homeless


5th December 2017 - Harpur Square, Bedford

Selling Hot Soup in the Harpur Square to raise funds for Bedford’s homeless

SoupFest17 is a festival of soup celebrating Bedfordshire’s talented chefs & raising money for the homeless at the same time. It all happens on Tuesday December 5th:

  • SoupFest17 Volunteers arrive to set up SoupFestHQ from 7am, HarpurSquare
  • Marquees & Gazebos are erected, Field Kitchen is set up
  • Hospitality businesses & local chefs deliver vats of soup from 8am
  • Local bakeries deliver bread rolls/baguettes from 8am
  • 11am SoupFest17 officially opens
  • Soup & Bread are on sale from 11am minimum donation £3.00
  • Local choirs/bands arrive from 11am to perform 20 minute sets, every half an hour
  • SoupFest17 closes when all soup is sold
  • All proceeds go to the homeless people of Bedford

SoupFest 17
How it began

Michelle Cuthbert set up the Soup Kitchen in Jersey some 18 years ago. What started as a fundraiser with a trestle table selling 5 soups made by friends has grown incredibly.

The Soup Kitchen

Michelle works closely with John Hodge of Shelter and now, each year approximately £12,000 is made to help the homeless locally. Bedford- based businesswoman Emma Garrett, came across the idea and is bringing it to Bedford in the guise of ‘SoupFest17’.



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