Every year on the first weekend of May, downtown Baltimore's streets bustle as tens of thousands of moviegoers visit local theaters to watch films shot, directed, and edited around the globe. The Maryland Film Festival, like a freakish hurdle sprinter, runs for five days and showcases about 50 feature films and 75 short pieces—ranging from documentaries to animations—many of which are presented by their respective filmmakers or celebrity guest hosts. Past hosts have included Ian MacKaye and Branford Marsalis, and legendary filmmaker John Waters regularly makes an appearance at the festival, hosting a feature film of his choice. Attendees may also stimulate and expand their sensory palates with special events that have included international flicks, three-dimensional movies, and
vintage silent films synced to live music.
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On Halloween, malls across the United States won't just be crowded with people hunting for a last-minute costume, but also with people looking to set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Cupcake - Making Class in History. The Gone Cupcaking Halloween Roadshow will be set up at 50 malls, where everyone will receive six cupcakes to decorate with orange and black icing and Halloween-themed sprinkles and toppers.
All ages are welcome, and decorators are encouraged to wear a costume. Instructors will be on hand to pass along decorating tips on how to fashion borders, how to swirl flowers, and how to create a realistic portrait of Ben Franklin using orange and black sprinkles.
Forty varieties of bourbon and 60 beer draughts flow freely from taps into souvenir glasses, slaking thirsty throats with unlimited sips as guests tear through smoky meat concoctions at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival's tasting stations. Once stuffed with ribs, brisket, and sausage, attendees can retire to the tasting theater to take in a seminar from pit masters and gourmet chefs on preparing fine barbecue or brewing stellar bourbon. Live rock, blues, and bluegrass bands set the airwaves quivering from the main stage with wailing tunes or announcements drawn in barbecue sauce. A cigar tent provides a smoky haven for puffing on fine tobacco products, and big-screen TVs beam the latest sports action directly into eyeballs.
Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events each year, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artisans—everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, decor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demos as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry craft-lovers can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to live music.
Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. each boast vibrant food-truck scenes, but most of these trucks had never traveled outside of their own city's borders. They didn't, that is, until the Taste of 3 Cities Food Truck Festival. Now, 60 trucks from three of the East Coast's largest cities are going on tour, engaging in a delicious bit of cultural exchange during three separate festival appearances. Read on to learn more about some of the featured trucks at the fest's Baltimore stop:
GrrChe: Baltimore's grilled-cheese truck provides an updated take on the childhood classic; sandwiches incorporating bacon, jalapenos, and even mac and cheese.
Baron Von Schwein: Under the watchful eye of their truck's fearsome wolf mascot, chefs from York, PA work their dark barbecue magic on brisket, pork, and chicken, turning this meat trio into everything from sliders and tacos to cheesesteaks and salads.
Red Hook Lobster Pound: This DC-based truck specializes in a more northerly delicacy: Maine lobster rolls (served in Maine-style cold or Connecticut-style hot varieties). They've also got clam chowder and homemade whoopie pies.
The Cow and the Curd: Out of Philly rides this award-winning truck, which serves baskets of piping-hot, beer-battered Wisconsin cheese curds.
Midnite Confection's Cupcakery: Based in Baltimore, this truck houses a bakery's worth of gourmet cupcakes in flavors ranging from chocolate red velvet to birthday cake to lemon with lime buttercream.