Saturday means Stone Soup Supper

Neighbors and friends can enjoy the bounty of the season while sharing a meal at the annual Stone Soup Supper Saturday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m., at the United Church.

Each year, the Hinesburg Land Trust organizes this event in celebration of the amazing local food that is grown in Hinesburg and surrounding towns by farmers and home gardeners.

A community harvest meal is a tradition in many cultures and, as in the folk story of “Stone Soup,” a great way to bring newcomers and old-timers together to share gratitude for the land, the farmers and each other.

The supper will feature a variety of soups, salads and desserts to suit all diets with local ingredients cooked with a magic stone by talented Hinesburg cooks.

Proceeds from the supper are donated to the Hinesburg Food Shelf. Tickets will be available during the Fall Festival and at the door, adults $10, children $5, and there is no charge for kids under five-years-old.

One of the soups will be cooking in the giant kettle during the fall festival along with the telling of the traditional “Stone Soup” folktale.

Told in many cultures around the world, the story is about hungry strangers who, with the help of a magic stone, convince stingy and suspicious villagers to share their recent harvest and make a feast that feeds the entire village.

In the spirit of the fable, festival goers are encouraged to bring a fresh local vegetable or herb to add to the giant kettle of soup.

The Hinesburg Stone Soup Supper was first celebrated in 2005 upon the completion of the stone wall next to the Hinesburg Town Hall. The wall itself was built using stones that were brought by Hinesburg residents from all over town.

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