Join Us for a Collaborative Soup to Remember

Bring Vegetables, Spices and Other Ingredients to Contribute to the Pot.

Stone Soup PoemBased on an age-old parable (see below),  Stone Soup is prepared by the community from ingredients sourced in the community.  Those attending the event are highly encouraged to bring what they’ve grown or what they have to contribute to the Vegetarian Soup.

For the first time True Nature is partnering with Share Asheville to coordinate this day long attraction at the center of this years festival and we hope that everyone will participate. The soup will be prepared under the direction of Marc Williams (, an extraordinary chef. We are also looking for volunteers to support the preparation and serving of the soup, so contact Tom Llewellyn to get involved.

The preparation of the meal will follow a telling of the Story of Stone Soup which will begin shortly after the gates open and will be served up around 2 pm.

But what will we eat our soup out of? Styrofoam Bowls?? No Way!

Please bring your own Bowl and Spoon or purchase a beautiful hand made ceramic bowl for only $10! While the soup is free we are highly encouraging those who participate to make a donation of $3 for those who bring an ingredient or $5 for those who don’t to help cover the costs of this community soup. (Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds)

P.S. We are looking for a “Banjo Burner” and a 60 qrt Pot, if you have either to lend or a lead for someone who might please contact Tom ASAP.

The Story of Stone Soup

A kindly, old stranger was walking through the land when he came upon a village.  As he entered, the villagers moved towards their homes locking doors and windows. The stranger smiled and asked, why are you all so frightened. I am a simple traveler, looking for a soft place to stay for the night and a warm place for a meal. “There’s not a bite to eat in the whole province,” he was told. “We are weak and our children are starving. Better keep moving on.”

“Oh, I have everything I need,” he said. “In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you.” He pulled an iron cauldron from his cloak, filled it with water, and began to build a fire under it. Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a silken bag and dropped it into the water. By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come out of their homes or watched from their windows.  As the stranger sniffed the “broth” and licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their fear.

“Ahh,” the stranger said to himself rather loudly, “I do like a tasty stone soup.  Of course, stone soup with cabbage — that’s hard to beat.” Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a small cabbage he’d retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot. “Wonderful!!” cried the stranger. “You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king.” The village butcher managed to find some salt beef . . .

And so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for everyone in the village to share. The villager elder offered the stranger a great deal of money for the magic stone, but he refused to sell it and traveled on the next day. As he left, the stranger came upon a group of village children standing near the road. He gave the silken bag containing the stone to the youngest child, whispering to a group, It was not the stone, but the villagers that had performed the magic.”

Moral:  By working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved.