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Annual Farmers’ Market soup tasting to take place Saturday



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The 12th annual Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market Soup Tasting is scheduled to take place Nov. 3 at Showers Plaza, with local chefs showcasing their expertise with the classic comfort food.  Tribune News Service Buy Photos

Found in almost every culture around the globe, soup varies from region to region based on local ingredients and tastes. 

The 12th annual Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market Soup Tasting will take place Nov. 3 at Showers Plaza with local chefs showcasing their expertise. 

The tasting will go from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and participation is free while supplies last. Restaurants and culinary programs that will be present include Function Brewing, Grazie Italiano, Hive, Ivy Tech Culinary Arts Program, Laughing Planet, Lennie's, Osteria Rago, Sweet Grass, Truffles and Upland Brewing Company.

Soup has been a part of the human diet for thousands of years. The word soup was derived from the Old French words "sope" and "soupe," meaning a piece of bread used to soak up soup or stew. Easily digestible, it was prescribed to patients since ancient times, attaining the status of a staple comfort food over time, according to the Food Timeline.

As communications between cultures drastically increased as time went by, soup recipes tagged along for the ride, traveling from country to country. Today, regional specialties like the Russian borscht, the French onion, the Chinese wonton and the New England clam chowder, along with other members of the soup family, are known and made all around the world.

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