Frances Callaghan will be at Vernon Presents A Festival of Crafts this weekend at Kal Tire Place

The soup’s on at A Festival of Crafts

Annual Christmas show brings together crafters, artisans and entrepreneurs from all over B.C.

Making good food comes naturally to Frances Callaghan. Her father was a chef and taught her so much that she worked in the food industry and then started her own company, 2 Ladies Soupin It Up.

“I know he is looking down with a smile and saying, ‘What took you so long?’” she said.

The family-run company makes a variety of packaged soup mixes that can be prepared in a slow cooker or on the stove top.

All are tested and the ingredients provide choices for every taste, including vegetarian and gluten-free. She also makes salad mixes (summer), seasonings and spices, baking mixes and other goodies.

“I love to cook and eat healthy, too. And I love soup, but in today’s busy world it is so easy just to stop for a quick meal at a fast food location or purchase a prepared meal full of sodium and preservatives that is also expensive.

“Who has time to cook these days, but with us all you need is a  soup pot or a slow cooker and you are ready for a delicious meal  to serve.”

The soup mixes are made with ingredients like quinoa, lentils, vegetables, wild rice, noodles, beans and spices. The company makes its own broths, so is able to control what goes into them, and that includes not using any MSG.

Callaghan started the business with her daughter-in-law Brianne, who now lives in Calgary and will be starting up the Alberta branch of Soupin It Up.

“Family and friends have been a helping hand as well — this is  a true family business.”

Callaghan is looking forward to being part of the local farmers’ markets and continuing her adventures in soup making, which will include a new line of soup by the cup in the spring.

“I have had great feedback from all my customers, and look forward to continuing my adventure in soup making. I love the people I have met.”

For more information, e-mail or see or find them on Facebook.

Look for Callaghan at Vernon Presents A Festival of Crafts this weekend at Kal Tire Place, 3445-43rd Ave. The annual Christmas show takes place Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crafters from all over British Columbia will be exhibiting their wares. Admisssion is $3, kids under 12 are free, and $1 from each admission goes to the North Okanagan Hospice Society.


Just Posted

Vernon takes step towards cutting carbon footprint of its buildings

City council decided on Monday to adopt the BC Energy Step Code to improve its building efficiency

Spallumcheen adventure park concerns

Neighbour to proposed adventure park in Spallumcheen offers up his concerns on project

Entrepreneur gives Vernon’s homeless women a boost

The woman says she’ll continue to package and send out bags of products from her self-run business

Vernon mom rescues sleeping baby from burning home

UPDATE: Investigation still underway into cause of blaze

Access to Okanagan Rail Trail to be limited by erosion work

The work will be done throughout September but won’t begin before the Labour Day weekend

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Cross-examination begins for B.C. dad accused of killing young daughters

Andrew Berry is charged in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey in 2017

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

Civil claim filed over motocross track west of Summerland

Track was constructed on agricultural land around 2016

BC SPCA overwhelmed with cats, kittens needing homes

Large number of cruelty investigations, plus normal ‘kitten season’ to blame

Car catches fire while being towed by motor home on Hwy. 97

The incident occured just north of Sage Mesa Rd., no injuries have been reported

Most Read