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Assortment of food, unique arts and crafts at Springfest

By Kara Hallissey | May 03, 2018
Courtesy of: Betsie Kulikov For the last three years, Betsie Kulikov, of Frederick, Maryland, has whipped up large crepes for Springfest visitors.

(May 4, 2018) Mosaic designs, handmade handbags and accessories, jellies and beef barbecue are a couple of the items vendors will be selling under large tents in the inlet parking lot during Ocean City’s 28th annual Springfest festival, which kicked off Thursday and continues until Sunday.

Thousands of people from all over the country attend the festival each year to browse more than 200 artisan booths or purchase a meal at one of the more than 30 food vendors.

“I am always surprised to see the amount of creative goodies that are found at Springfest,” said Jessica Waters, communications manager for the Town of Ocean City. “You don’t have to be a craft lover to find something special such as jewelry, art, clothing and kid items.”

Vendors travel from all over the United States, including Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Indiana and California this year.

“It is our first time at Springfest and it looks like a great show,” said Deb Greiner of Hardwick, Massachusetts, co-owner of Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest, along with Tina Labossiere. “We are ready to come down there with a ton of products and meet new people.”

The business partners create 33 homemade jellies, which are mostly cranberry-based with combinations like cranberry apricot, cranberry orange marmalade, cranberry blueberry, and cranberry pepper, which has jalapeno peppers in it.

“We also have savory garlic jellies that are nice to use when cooking chicken or appetizers and meats rather than [using the jellies for] a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich,” Greiner said. “We are a two-woman show who make all the jellies ourselves in my kitchen. We have been doing it for more than 20 years. We make it, label it and deliver it.”

Greiner said a friend who has been in the show for more than a decade urged the co-owners to participate in Springfest for the first time. They will offer samples for customers to try of the different flavors.

“We have a really unique product,” Greiner said. “Our jellies are homemade with no preservatives or additives. My favorite is the white cranberry pepper garlic jelly.”

Convenience Catering, out of Mt. Airy, Maryland, will have pit beef, ham and turkey sandwiches, sloppy Joe’s and beef barbecue for sale. In addition, customers can purchase platters with potato salad and cole slaw as well as fresh-brewed iced tea.

“We have been participating in Springfest and Sunfest for well over 15 years,” owner Marsha Henley said. “Springfest and Sunfest is a Maryland/Ocean City tradition. It signifies the beginning and the end of the summer. They have great entertainment, food and craft vendors.”

For the last three years, Betsie Kulikov, of Frederick, Maryland, has whipped up large crepes for Springfest visitors.

“Speaking of my crepes, greens and fruits are fresh,” Kulikov said. “I’ve already received so many positive comments from our customers from all the different festivals in regard to their experience eating our crepes.”

More than 30 food vendors will provide a variety of options including bacon-wrapped corn dogs, pizza, barbecue, baked goods and funnel cakes.

“The food at Springfest is very unique,” said Jessica Waters, communications manager for the Town of Ocean City. “Whether you are looking for Eastern Shore classics or something totally different, you are in for a treat.”

Jean and Rick Summers, owners of Mosaic DreamWorks, in Venice, Florida, will have original, colorful mosaic designs, which are aquatic in addition to other patterns.

“Our mosaics are a little different than your standard ones as Jean hand breaks each piece and it’s bigger than your normal tile pieces,” Rick Summers said. “Our work is mounted on Birchwood that is stained and sealed and ready to hang on the wall. We are new to the Springfest show. We decided to do this show as other artists highly recommended it, plus, the location is great.”

Mariann Hessinger, of Breinigsville, Pennsylvania, designs and sews handbags and accessories using designer fabrics such as Lilly Pulitzer and Waverly.

“I’m known for my wristlets and small crossbody bags,” Hessinger said. “It’s always a pleasure doing this show. The patrons that come to this, come year after year. This show has a great following from customers. Looking forward to seeing some familiar customers stopping in to say hello.”

Hessinger said she is on a waiting list to get her Originals by Mare handcrafted designs into Sunfest this September and urges people to visit the unique craft booths.

“Heather Willis and her team of people do an unbelievable job on putting this all together, from the music to the food, and organizing us crafters,” she said. “This is probably why these shows, both Springfest and Sunfest, are so popular to apply to. Prices are usually very reasonable. Really, something for everyone.”

More than 200 artisan vendors will be on site selling candles, photography, fine and glass art, jewelry, apparel, decorative items, accessories, wind chimes, personalized items, birdhouses, furniture, pottery, crafts and many more unique treasures.

“Springfest has a great mix of art and craft vendors,” said Heather Wiles, special event coordinator for the Town of Ocean City. “There are the returning favorites as well as new and unique. Maryland and coastal décor are among some popular themed crafts for our visitors.”

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