Sal Giardina and Sheila Lincoln Papps, the organizers of the popular Taste of Easton & Redding Facebook page, and two community food-related groups are hosting their next event: a Soups & Stews Festival on Jan. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Easton Public Library.

The festival is free and residents are asked to make a soup or stew dish to bring to the event. Residents can sign up via a Google doc found in the comments section of the Taste of Easton & Redding Facebook page. The document asks residents to fill out what kind of stew or soup they will be making as well as the necessary equipment such as a tablecloth they will need to bring.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for the event even if they do not  know what soup or stew they will be making. Organizers just need to know how many people will be participating so they can plan the event.

Giardina and Lincoln Papps started the Taste of Easton & Redding Facebook page last year as a way to bring community members together through a shared love of food. The page has amassed nearly 900 members who share recipes and pictures of meals they’ve cooked.

“When you post and share recipes of food from diverse cultures and backgrounds, we all learn from each other. People are definitely unified with food,” Giardina, a self-described foodie, told the Easton Courier.

Giardina and Lincoln Papps have sponsored several food-related events, including a food festival in October at the library and a town potluck in April for Facebook members to meet up in person.

Participants are asked to bring a non perishable food item to the event to benefit the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport.

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