Cape May’s ‘Sip Into Spring Festival’ May 12 Features Gardening & Food Demos, Bloody Marys, Mimosas & More

Photo courtesy of MAC

The nation’s first seaside resort bursts forth this spring! The grounds of the historic 1879 Emlen Physick Estate is the setting for the inaugural “Sip Into Spring Festival” Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).

Enjoy mimosas, Bloody Marys, wine, craft beers, nature and gardening demonstrations, crafts and collectibles, festival food including empanadas, a variety of cheeses, crepes and BBQ by local food vendors. Empanada Mama, Seaside Cheese, Crespella and Matt’s BBQ will be on hand. There also will be spirits, wine and craft beer vendors available including Nauti Spirits, Cape May Brewery, Cape May Winery and Hawk Haven Winery.

Local duo The Calamity Janes will entertain with live music throughout the day. Special programs include a plant-inspired craft project and high energy food carving demos. The “Stylish Succulents for Your Home Garden” craft workshop is presented at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom and will teach how to make a succulent tea cup. Tickets are $20 and include all materials. “Slicing & Dicing: Watermelons & More” with Master Chef Joseph Poon is set for 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom. Chef Poon will be presenting his popular and informative demonstration on healthy eating, including spectacular food carving and sculpture demonstrations. Tickets are $20. Additional demonstrations and displays include: Cape May County Technical High School’s plant sale, a beehive demonstration by Busy Bees, curing pickles with The Red Store, a recycling demonstration by the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (CMCMUA) and a flower arranging demonstration by Sunset Flower Farm.

Admission to the grounds is free. There will be a charge for food, beverages and some activities. Some demonstrations are weather-dependent. The Emlen Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington St., Cape May. For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278, or visit