The leaves are beginning to fall. The temperature is dropping. We know what's coming ... yes, winter - but that's not what we're talking about.

It's time for Soup, Stew, Chili and Brew.

On Saturday, Main Street will be turned into a soup lover's paradise when the city hosts the festival from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Main Street - from West Street to Jefferson Street - will be lined with booths offering a variety of tasty treats ... all created by local chefs. The street will be lined with food booths offering a sampling of soup, stew or chili.

Visitors can purchase a sample-sized taste or go full in with a bowl of their favorite recipe.

Most of the proceeds will go to a charity chosen by the organization running the booth.

A ceremony will take place in the afternoon with awards given for the best entries.

There are a few things novices must understand to enjoy the event. When you're warned that a particular recipe is "hot" you'd best believe it. A few selections will be for only the brave. Whether your preference leans toward the mild or you prefer to blister your tongue, there will be a wide variety of foods to sample. And there will be several non-alcoholic brews to complement the food.

Musical entertainment also will be provided throughout the day, too.

The weather forecast calls for clear skies with temperatures around 70 - perfect weather for sampling stews, soups and chili.

Soup, Stew, Chili and Brew provides a great opportunity to gather with friends before the cold weather sets in and we all retreat indoors.

Plan on a trip to Main Street Saturday, and support the participating organizations and their charities and downtown merchants.