At this Saturday’s annual Christmas Shoppe and Soup Fest at Cranford United Methodist Church, it’s the soup that’s expected to steal the show.

Adding a soup festival component to the yearly fundraiser was the idea of church member Jo Ann Allen, according to Holly Walker, one of the “soup ladies” who volunteers to help cook about 35 gallons homemade soups at each event. Their soups have become so popular over the past few years that they’ve started offering them on two additional days — the day before Halloween and the day before the Super Bowl — too.

This Saturday, there’s guaranteed to be vegetarian tomato basil, potato cheddar, chicken noodle and beef-and-bean chili among other favorites on the menu. But don’t show up late — with the festival starting at 10 a.m., most of the to-go pints and quarts are expected to be gone well before noon.

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“I’ll be surprised if they last more than an hour, hour and a half,” Walker said.

Soups will also be available to eat at the event with other lunch items sold by the church, and there will be other food vendors and a bake sale, according to Walker.

If You Go

The Cranford United Methodist Church’s 2018 Christmas Shoppe and Soup Fest will take place on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the church's education building at 201 Lincoln Avenue in Cranford, NJ. To visit their website, click here.