This year’s Winter Pride event schedule was jam-packed with a wide array of vibrant celebrations, from a Cards Against Humanity games night to a Military Party and speed dating to a Habana Cocktail Master Class.
Cardrona Alpine Resort hosted a week of on-mountain pride festivities, from September 1-7, including dress-up days, a pizzeria lunch and a flag parade, encouraging both locals and visitors to come together and celebrate diversity.
Not directly associated with Winter Pride but by the same token, last Tuesday Rhyme and Reason Brewery in Wānaka threw a Queer Soup Night, organised by Chrissie Lahood.
Lahood said, “Queer Soup Night started in Brooklyn New York three years ago by Chef Liz Alpern to get queer people together for a party with soup at its centre and has expanded to lots of cities around the USA. A friend Tanja Schwindt and I were chatting about getting more social stuff happening for our Wānaka community and I’d heard about QSN in a Julia Turshen podcast. We emailed them and they were stoked to bring us into the QSN family. It’s the first time there’s been one in the Southern Hemisphere!”.
All of the money collected from soup purchases will be donated to a local charity and the funds raised from last Tuesday’s event is already set to be gifted to Kahu Youth.
Queer Soup Night goer Shaun said, “I wish I knew about all of you sooner. I’ve been here since November and it would’ve been great to be part of the community”.
Queer Soup Night goer Nisse added, “It was great to see so many people from the queer community come together. It was great to feel part of something bigger.”