Buffalo Soup-Fest

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM EDT

Area restaurants are busy making soup this week. 35 restaurants will take part in the 4th annual Buffalo Soup-Fest. After larger than expected crowds for the first 3 years, Buffalo Soup-Fest is moving downtown to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center this year to offer festival-goers more space and better parking.

Soup-Fest founder Matt Carlucci says there is something for everyone at the event from a kids zone to soup contests with 100 different types of soup.

"The craziest things you can imagine for soup - we have people making soup with elk meatballs. We have soups made from dessert items: sweet soup, chocolate soup, savory soup," he said.

Carlucci says most of the restaurants are local mom and pop establishments who look forward to showcasing their creations. Soup-Fest has served about 100,000 cups of soup. It usually attracts 5,000 to 10,000 visitors each year. Carlucci says this year should be no different, "We expect thousands of people and 35 different restaurants."

This year, Buffalo Soup-Fest will run from 11am-7pm on Sunday at the convention center.

Proceeds will benefit 3 local charities: Empty Bowls, Buffalo FAMbase, Inc. And B-Team Buffalo.

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