Your Queens Weekend: Oct. 14-16

By TimesLedger Staff

If you’ve been wondering about where to find the best chickcn soup in Queens, there’s an event this weekend that might just clear up that question for you.

Temple Beth Sholom at 171-39 Northern Blvd. in Flushing is hosting its First Annual Chicken Soup Cook-Off Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

A selection of restaurants and other food establishments will each bring their own version of chicken soup, and both the general public and a panel of judges will sample their offerings and vote to determine who makes the best version. The judges will break the competitors into traditional and international categories and award prizes for first, second and third place. Attendees will cast their own ballots for the overall top three vendors for the “People’s Choice Awards.” The cost is $18 for adults and $6 for children between the ages of 5 and 13. Children under age five are free and the maximum cost for a family is $50. Admission covers chicken soup tasting, bagels, beverages and ice cream. The temple recommends that those interested in attending buy tickets ahead of time, which they can do by calling the temple office at (718) 463-4143 or sending an email toTBSchickensoup@gmail.com.

On Sunday at 7 p.m., Mary’s Nativity Church (46-02 Parsons Blvd.) will be the scene of a battle between two classical-music titans, Ludwig van Beethoven and Igor Stravinsky. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Stravinsky’s Firebird will face off in “Beethoven vs. Firebird!,” a concert by the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra. The evening will also feature violin virtuoso Kae Nakano and the world premiere of Paul Joseph’s “Victory!” Admission is a free-will offering. For more information, call (516) 786-8116 or go to www.facebook.com/QueensboroSymphonyOrchestra

Bird lovers of all ages can get a closer look at the avaian residents of Alley Pond Environmental Center (228-06 Northern Blvd.) in a Fall Bird Walk for Beginners, on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The walk will be led by a member of the Queens County Bird Club. Bird watchers age 8 and up are invited, though all children must be accompanied by an adult. The center asks that participants wear hiking shoes, sneakers or other closed-toe shoes that they won’t mind getting muddy. Although this walk is free, pre-registration is required as spots are limited. This walk will cover some rough terrain and is not suitable for persons with limited mobility. For more information, call (718) 229-4000 or go to www.alleypond.com

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