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Soup Fest to benefit Friends of Night People

The Buffalo Soup Fest will be filling Empty Bowls on March 22 at the Buffalo Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., with proceeds going to Friends of Night People.

The event celebrates youthful artists and community comfort food, giving community members a chance to take home a handmade soup bowl after enjoying a light lunch or early dinner. This is the second year that Empty Bowls and the Soup Fest have combined.

Among the schools and youth groups participating are Just for Kids Grand Island After School Program; Immaculata, Sacred Heart and Nardin academies; West Hertel Academy; Cheektowaga, John F. Kennedy and Amherst middle schools; Global Concept and South Buffalo charter schools; Hamburg, Lafayette, Cassadaga Valley, Wilson, St. Mary’s and Orchard Park high schools; Christ United Methodist Church Circle of Joy; Oakfield-Alabama Elementary Student Council and William Street Elementary.

Handmade bowls start at $5.

More than 30 restaurants will produce about 75 soups that can be purchased with “soup bucks,” which are $1 each. Along with the soups, there will be some chilis to sample, and cupcakes and other sweet treats.

Admission is $5; free for kids 5 and under. For a full list of restaurants and an event menu, go to and follow it on Twitter, @BuffaloSoup.