Menu from Taste of Easton & Redding’s Soup/Stew Festival

Home-made soups and stews were the star of Taste of Easton & Redding’s Soup/Stew Festival on Sunday held at the Easton Public Library. More than 30 people cooked for the event and over 50 people attended to taste a variety of soups and stews that ranged from vegetarian chili and corn bread, to chicken and sausage gumbo, to potato leek soup.

 “The people who contributed food are outstanding cooks,” said Sal Giardina, one of the organizers of the event and co-founder of the popular Taste of Easton & Redding Facebook page. “The food certainly warmed my heart and others.”

The Facebook page was created by Giardina and Sheila Lincoln Papps to encourage users from Redding and Easton to post their favorite recipes, restaurants, and meals for others to see and discuss.

The soup/stew festival was free but cooks and attendees generously donated non-perishable food items to benefit the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport.

 The Taste of Easton & Redding Facebook group hopes to continue events like this in the near future, Giardina said.

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