This year, tickets go on sale on Friday, February 1st at 12:00PM and can be purchased online here. The event typically sells out very quickly—often in 30 seconds—so we would recommend trying to get tickets immediately when they go on sale.
24 different restaurants in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood will be serving up soup to attendees and competing for various category titles, including Best Overall Soup, Best Vegetarian Soup, Most Unique Soup, and Best Soup Host Location. Attendees can text in their votes by 3:30PM on the day of the contest using their mobile phones.
Ticket sales provide food and other items to low-income individuals and families through the Brashear Association, as well as support programming from the South Side Chamber of Commerce’s “Visit Pittsburgh” Welcome Center. The Soup Contest also asks that attendees bring non-perishable canned goods as donations.
The Soup Contest started in 2005 to help showcase the South Side, generate new business for the community, and give back to local organizations that are in need. It has grown considerably over time, with a record number of 1,000 tickets sold and 2,200 food donations.
Many of this year’s restaurants include past winners, such as Café Du Jour, Carmella’s Plates and Pints, OTB Bar Bicycle Café, The Smiling Moose, and La Palapa. There are a diverse range of other restaurants that will also participating in the event this year, including Thai Me Up, Piper’s Pub, Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant, and Dive Bar and Grille.
The soups are served at host locations, which are South Side businesses and nonprofits that are paired with the restaurants. The 2019 host locations include ASCEND Pittsburgh, Delanie’s Coffee, Thick Bikes, Buddy’s Brews on Carson, and City Vets, among several others.
For the full list of restaurants and host locations, plus other South Side Soup Contest information such as volunteer opportunities and event sponsors, visit www.southsidesoup.com.