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4:00- 6:00 PM
Free & open to everyone!

Wintersköl's Soupsköl is a soup contest judged by the public to determine what restaurant has the best soup in town and it gives the winner bragging rights for the next year!  Last season, over 3,000 locals and tourists attended the event and every year it keeps growing in popularity.  It is designed to bring friendly competition to the restaurants within the Roaring Fork Valley.  This event is free and open to the public.

Located on Hunter St. & Cooper St. in downtown Aspen.  DJ Ronnie, Kickin Aspen Entertainment, will be mixin up the tunes.  Don't miss the fun! 

2014 Participating Restaurants:  39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel,  Aspen Meadows, BB's Kitchen, Big Hoss Grill, Boogie's Diner, B.P.O.E Elk's #224, The Cantina, Chair 9 at the Little Nell, Diamond J Guest Ranch, Elk Camp, Finbarr's Irish Pub, Kenichi Aspen, Little Annie's Eating House, Mezzaluna, Red Onion, Ryno's Pies & Pints, 2013 Defending Champion Square Grouper, The Upper Crust ... and more! 

DETAILS - Registration is free.  All soup must be made in a certified/licensed kitchen and all entrants must have Colorado Retail Food & Service License. Each business/participant will be provided a 6’ banquet table, 10’x10’ tent space, 2’x4’ participant name banner, and serving cups for samples. Any decorations and serving equipment must be provided by the participant. Each participant should make at least 30+ gallons of soup for consumers (approximately 2,500-3,000).
DISCLAIMER -  All participants will be required to sign a liability wavier and provide a certificate of insurance verifying your businesses liability and workers comp.
JUDGING & PRIZES - Each restaurant will be assigned a unique number and consumers will TEXT in for their favorite soup. There will also be a panel of judges and scores based on following criteria:
Aroma, Appearance, Consistency/Texture, and Taste. All criteria will be weighted equally for each category. The soup with the highest combination of consumer votes and judges scores will be named the best overall soup for Soupsköl 2014!

If you are interested in participating and meet the criteria above, please fill out the REGISTRATION FORM and we will send you a confirmaiton packet with all the event details!  For more information, please contact Julie Hardman, ACRA Sr. Event Manager,

Soup Bowl Trophy winners: Congratulations to the 2013 Winner...SQUARE GROUPER!  Past winners include:  Ute City (2012), Merry Go Round (2011), Garnish Cafe and Catering (2010-2007), Elk's Club (2006), Gwyn's High Alpine (2005), Johnny McGuire's (2004).

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**Soupsköl Continues in Honor of Reggie Barbour**

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Reggie Barbour is the true Spirit of Wintersköl. We are very proud to continue this wonderful new Wintersköl tradition that Reggie created.  The popular Aspen chef passed away Nov. 19 in his native Grand Junction after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

It was during his two decades at durable Boogie's Diner in Aspen that Mr. Barbour earned real acclaim. His Southwestern chicken soup became a favorite with wind-chilled skiers and the Reggie Veggie hit the spot with noncarnivores. In high season, he'd turn out 800 lunches a day.  An avid skier, softball player and golfer, the fun-loving chef also founded Aspen's annual Soupsköl competition, which challenged the glamorous resort town's best chefs to make their best soups and then - wonder of wonders in the land of the $35 entree - ladle them up for free.

But in the end he got even more satisfaction from fulfilling a long-held dream of publishing a book about Colorado's finest hidden-away restaurants and unheralded chefs.  Reggie's self-published book praises 44 Colorado restaurants, including La Chaumiere in Lyons, the Peck House in Empire and Alice's Restaurant in Ward.  Colorado's Forks in the Road: An Adventurer's Guide to Unique Restaurants was published last year, complete with recipes and his own photos.

2014 Soupsköl Contributors:
Support the lodges that support Soupsköl! Click on the logos below to find out more about each property.


  The Gant

Aspen Square
 T&E Marshall 
Enterprises Inc.
Bethel Party Rentals 





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