Why Two Soup Cook Off's?
The Soup Cook Off is now in its sixth year and has become the largest event of its kind in central Pennsylvania. Prior to 2015, the cook-offs were held the first weekend in March at the Park Inn, and benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
As the popularity grew, The Soup Cook Off creator, Gwen Forlizzi, found it necessary to move the event to a new location and change the date. She explains, “We had a big snow and ice storm on the day of our cook-off last March. We still had over 450 people attend, which was fantastic! However, it was clear that we were going to need a larger venue and a different time of year. We upgraded The Annual Cystic Fibrosis Soup Cook Off to The Best Western Premier Hotel in Harrisburg and it proved to be a huge success! In the future, we will continue to hold our Soup Cook Off to benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at this new and larger location. With the success of this event, we welcomed other charities to contact us and request a soup cook off to benefit them. We are please to announce our Inaugural KMAC Soup Cook Off to benefit The Keystone Musical Arts Center located in Mechanicsburg. This event will be held on from at the Park Inn, Mechanicsburg, PA.”