GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - It's time for Glenwood's Downtown Market annual soup contest. The Grand, Rosie's Bavarian, El Horizonte, The Bayou, Sacred Grounds, Four Mile Creek B & B, The Pullman and Tim Gomez of the Ramada, will be serving their soups for market goers to taste and enjoy. The list of competitors may expand as the competition heats up.Three local chefs will begin judging at 4:30 p.m. At 5:30p.m., shoppers can sample all the entries for a single $5 fee and vote for their favorite. Come to market booth to purchase your spoon. When you vote this year, you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from one of the participating restaurants. The soups will be served in Centennial Park. The Property Shop gals will provide extra help for the soup tasting and voting.Michael Pollan's "Food Rule" this week is No. 63: "The banquet is in the first bite." Pollan explains, "Thinking about this will help you enjoy your food and eat more slowly." When you are sampling each of the soups, savor that first taste. Perhaps you will be inspired to use some of the market produce or your own garden harvest in homemade soups this winter. Soups can be any combinations of vegetables, fruits, spices, meats or fish in a liquid. It might be thick like a gumbo or a chili or thin like a consomm. A bisque is smooth and a chowder is chunky. Our local chefs will surprise us with their creations and garnishes of croutons, fresh herbs or cheese.Another tradition at the market and happening this week will be the witches hats decorated by the market board. They will be for sale near the market's information booth. Earnings from the soup contest and the witches hats will be used to complete the Rona Memorial Garden in the park and help fund future projects at Glenwood's Downtown Market.Tony Rosario will be performing in the music tent from 5:30 p.m. till dusk. Rosario has had a career of more than 25 years in the music industry. He says his old guitar has been his constant companion and confidante. Rosario is highly acclaimed as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, recording artist, producer and teacher. He entertains with a variety of musical genre, including Americana, blues, country and R&B. This week's music sponsor is May Palace.In the market tent, we will be offering our colorful oilcloths for 25 percent off. There is still a variety of colorful styles of tablecloths, aprons and bags. Also stock up on infused olive oils, balsamic vinegar and Tacie's Salsa. Our market gift certificates can be purchased as gifts for the 2013 market season.The last Tuesday market will be Sept. 25. Glenwood's Downtown Market will present Oktoberfest from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Centennial Park.With only two markets left, come and enjoy the crisp fall afternoons and evenings with friends and neighbors. We are "Celebrating Downtown Changes, A Sense of Community and Local Food and Art."
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