Great Winter Soup Cook-Off


It is time for the 5th annual Great Winter Soup Cook Off on February 10, 2018.  This popular  soul-warming community event benefits the educational programs at HEC.  Enjoy a day tasting soups provided by local chefs, caterers and food culinary experts. Free classes and demos will be offered plus a Cook Off Cafe that will provide delicious foods and beverages from local vendors. 

We are excited about our newest addition to the cook off event:   Dueling Ladles, a live face-off between 6 area chefs will take place at  10 am prior to the cook off.  The chefs will have 1 hour to complete soups with designated secret ingredients.  Limited seating for this event.

Ticket price for Great Winter Soup Cook Off is $10 and  allows ten (10) tastings, personal embossed tasting spoon and admission to cafe and classes plus door prize registrations and Best in Show vote. Children under 5 are admitted free.  Extra Soup tasting tickets can be purchased during the event.

Special Soup Cook off and Dueling Ladle Ticket Package  $18  Allow admission to soup cook off and private seating for Dueling Ladles pre- cook off event.  Only 40 of these combination tickets will be available. Ticket holders will be able to taste the six chefs’ soups at end of the face-off.

Soup Cook-Off Fact Sheet

Online tickets through Eventbrite  $10 prior to event date 


Tickets available day of the event are $12

Tickets for additional tastings available

Dueling Ladles Live Competition/Cook-Off Package  $18 (includes ticket for soup cook off and limited seating live cook off)

The event is from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018, Dueling Chefs Live Competition starts at 10AM-11AM


Free Classes and Lectures

Admission to classes during the event is free with a soup cook off ticket. 11:30 TBA, 12:30 TBA, 1:30PM Souper Beef Stew with Chef Dodson. 

Door Prizes provided by area restaurants, caterers and culinary related businesses, including a weekend for two in Abingdon, Virginia

To Register as a Vendor or to Participate in the Soup Cook-Off please go to


Wonderful aromas and good tastes will fill the Grand Hall at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center as over 45 chefs and cooks compete for awards in several different categories in the soul warming event. Funds benefit the Higher Ed’s educational programs, events and classes which enrich the lives of those in our community. A panel of culinary experts will judge the soups in professional and amateur categories. Chris McIntosh from Channel 11 WJHL  will be back once again as our host and hostess for the event. Special free mini cooking demos will be offered as well as a newly introduced energetic and fun iron chef competition!  Be sure to stop at our Cook-Off Café for tastes of local homemade baked goods, gourmet specialties, and wine and beverage samplers.