Photo: A Soupstock success, by the numbers

On October 21, we brought tens of thousands of Ontarians together for Soupstock, a celebration of local food and farms in Toronto's Woodbine Park. Together they sampled soups made by a few hundred of Canada's top chefs, and raised their bowls in opposition to the Highland Mega-Quarry project, which threatens to destroy 2,300 acres of the best agricultural land in the province.

Here's just a taste of the ingredients that made Soupstock a great success:

  • 40,000 smiling soup lovers
  • 200 chefs, plus countless sous chefs, cooks and restaurant staff
  • 11,700 lbs of donated produce
  • 5,000 volunteer hours
  • 148 volunteers on-site
  • 46 farmers and producers
  • 20 partners and sponsors
  • 12 musical performances
  • 4,000 letters to MPP's to stop the mega-quarry
  • Less than one dumpster of waste
  • Hundreds of litres of soup donated to local food bank
  • 1 gloriously sunny day

For more information on the Highland Mega-Quarry project, visit

By Jode Roberts.