The Grand Haven VFW is hosting their 5th Annual Soup and Slider Festival and contest March 8, 2014 at the Grand Haven VFW located at 20 N. First Street in downtown Grand Haven. Several vendors will compete for Best Soup and Slider and People's Choice for Best Soup and Slider.

Event rundown:

Open to the public

Admission is free

9:00 AM: Bar open to the public and serving $2.00 Bloody Marys until 11:00 AM.

Michigan craft beer, domestics, and mixed drinks served from 9:00 AM until end of event.

Must be 21 years of age or older to purchase alcohol

11:00 AM-4:00 PM: Live entertainment with vendors serving their best soup and sliders

Soup $1.00 per bowl

Sliders $2.00 per slider

50/50 raffle during the day

Judges vote for Best Soup and Slider along with public voting for People's Choice. Trophies presentation

All proceeds to benefit veterans and veterans programs

Recipes featured on Take Five:

"American Pride Bloody Mary"

-Fill mason jar with ice

-Add three shots of vodka

-Fill with Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix,

leaving some room for goodies

-Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce

-Depending on how spicy you desire add a few drops of Tabasco sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of Horseradish sauce

-Garnish with a skewer of meat and cheese as well as a skewer of assorted pickled veggies and a pickle

"Orange Creamsickle" - A taste of summer after a rough winter

-Fill glass with ice

-Add a shot of Orange flavored vodka

-Fill with Sprite or Sierra Mist

-Add a splash of Grenadine (This smooths the taste)

Garnish with an orange slice

Courtesy: Grand Haven VFW

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