What could be as fun and arguably even tastier than the NFL Super Bowl football championship next weekend? How about Roadrunner Food Bank’s Souper Bowl 2015?!
This is a soup and dessert sampling event featuring this year more than 30 restaurants and chefs, from Bocadillos to Forque Kitchen Bar & Grill to many others! In addition to featuring knockout food, guests can enjoy live music from The Peacemakers, bid at a silent auction, and bring home restaurant-quality soups after the event for $5! Attendees also can participate in our People’s Choice voting, selecting your favorite soups, vegetarian soups, desserts, and booth.
Souper Bowl 2015 will take place on Saturday January 24th at our Albuquerque Branch. Souper Bowl hours are from 11 am to 2 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under through Friday January 23rd at 4 pm.
To buy early-bird tickets: Call 505.349.8921. Early-bird ticket prices are still available through Friday January 23rd at 4 pm.
Any tickets purchased until the day of the event will be held at Will Call. Tickets prices the day of the event are $45 at the door.
Last year’s Souper Bowl was named as the Weekly Alibi’s Best of Burque in the category of charity events.
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Thank You Souper Bowl 2015 Sponsors!
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