Johns Hopkins University's three-day Spring Fair festival took over the campus this past weekend, bringing with it arts and crafts vendors, a beer garden, a performance by the popular EDM duo The Chainsmokers, and family-friendly activities, including a petting zoo, pony rides, and face painting.
One of the biggest draws, attracting members of the Baltimore community and tempting students to pass up their dining points, is the massive food court on the Freshman Quad. This year, more than 20 vendors gathered here, serving up sweet treats, fried goodies, and locally-sourced greens.
Among the favorites:
Wild Bill's Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co.: From a pop-up booth, craft sodas in flavors like buck'n birch beer and vintage vanilla cream are dispersed from wooden barrels and served bottomless-style in an oversize, commemorative mug.
Island Noodles: Wok-fired soba noodles with fresh garlic, ginger, and stir-fried veggies, topped with a super-secret Island sauce and served from a mobile tiki hut decked out with Hawaiian leis.
Rico Loco Burritos: The D.C.-based Rico Loco team serves homemade burritos from scratch, boasting age-old, family recipes as the secret to their unique grub.
Sherri's Crab Cakes: Billed as the "world's greatest concession crab cake," Sherry Behney serves her jumbo lump crab cake—with only the smallest amount of filler—at festivals along the east coast. Her cream of crab soup is also a highlight.
Green Bowl Food Truck: Light Asian- and Latin-inspired dishes from a Baltimore-based food truck, a welcome respite for those forgoing fried carnival fare.