FlowerMart, a rite of spring in Baltimore, is held each year in the beginning of May. It takes place in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood with the Washington Monument as its centerpiece. This location allows guests to not only enjoy the festival but also visit the area's shops and museums.
The first Flower Mart was held in 1911, founded by a non-profit organization known as the Women's Civic League - an organization run by women who were looking to make Baltimore better and more beautiful for its citizens.
In 2000 the Women's Civic League gave up its rights to host the Flower Mart Festival because they no longer had enough members to gather a committee. The 21st century version of FlowerMart (it's now just one word) is presented by Flower Mart at Mt. Vernon, Ltd., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has kept up the traditions and unique aspects of the event while introducing new and exciting entertainment, arts and crafts and culinary options, blending old traditions and adding a new twist.
What's Happening @ FlowerMart
Visitors can buy plants and seedlings, fresh flowers and other gardening related goods including bird feeders and lawn art. In addition to the flower-centric theme, FlowerMart showcases live music from local and national recording artists, dancing, cool contests, fabulous food, arts and crafts and, of course, the famous, fabulous, signature lemon peppermint sticks.
Lemon Peppermint Sticks
It wouldn't be FlowerMart without Lemon Peppermint Sticks. FlowerMart is part of Baltimore's culture and nothing says FlowerMart quite like Lemon Peppermint Sticks- a tasty treat consisting of a peppermint candy stick stuck in a lemon. Eaten together they provide a sweet and sour taste sensation. Some say the tradition may have come from France but Baltimoreans claim this iconic treat as their own. Cutting the top off a small lemon, cutting a hole into the flesh, and shoving a soft peppermint stick into it, makes the 'drink'. Sucking on the stick and squeezing the lemon produces a sweet, minty, lemony drink. While mostly sold at FlowerMart, throughout summer, people in Baltimore will make these treats at home or social gatherings.
The Flavors of FlowerMart
In addition to lemon peppermint sticks, FlowerMart also offers an array of traditional Bawlmer food including Maryland crab cakes, Eastern shore soft shell crabs, local fried oysters, hushpuppies, Maryland Fried Chicken, Polish sausage and pit beef. And-in keeping with our updated motto "Old Traditions with a New Twist," FlowerMart also offers fab fair food such as frozen fruit smoothies, fresh-squeezed lemonade, gourmet chocolates, orange crushes, craft beer, wine, frozen daiquiris, pina coladas, margaritas, steak & cheese, burgers & dogs, pulled pork BBQ, corn dogs, funnel cakes and fried Oreos, candy and Twinkies.
"OLD TRADITONS WITH A NEW TWIST"...
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