1 February, 2017

CHCH SOUP was a social event we created based upon the format of DETROIT SOUP. SOUP aimed to make cool, fun and achievable small projects happen quickly in Christchurch. Up to six people pitched their ideas on the night to vie for the ‘pot’ of cash up for grabs. For their ticket price, attendees received delicious soup, bread and one vote. Questions get asked, options get evaluated and everyone votes. At the end of the night, the winner/s went home with a pot of money to carry out their project or a discrete part of it. We asked that the winner share their story of how they made use of the money by attending a future SOUP event or through a Facebook page.

SOUP is a fun, interesting event where people get excited about ideas and projects. We also reckon people get a kick about the directness of soup: you hear ideas and vote and someone goes home with the money on the night. We think that’s pretty appealing and very unusual for any other funding process.

Not only does SOUP support people with great ideas, but also budding chefs and bakers who may wish to contribute the soup and bread for the evening can have the chance to cook for a crowd and make some new contacts.


Dates: February 1, 2017
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Values: Innovation, Creativity, Experimentation, Collaboration
Location: The Commons, 70 Kilmore Street, Christchurch.

Christchurch Soup Recipe Book

Soup Recipe Book 2018 – Christchurch Soup Recipe Book

Christchurch Soup Recipe Book

Who have been the SOUP winners so far?

SOUP has donated over $3000 to these projects. Pretty neat!


Why not put on your own SOUP event?

CHCH SOUP supports our vision for a city that enables, empowers and provides opportunities for people to live out their values and find meaning and purpose collaboratively.

With the help of the three communities in the pilot project, we have developed a recipe book for how to put on a successful SOUP event. The book should make it easier for communities to make such events happen. We’ve learned a lot from putting this event on now and we are happy to share it, to enable more great ideas to get off the ground in suburban communities. Download the book here. 

Take a look at past CHCH SOUP events here.