Boyd Allen

Crowds meandered through the Winter Art and Chocolate Festival Saturday and Sunday, buying arts and crafts, food and cooking items, clothing and chocolates.

Promoter David Willhite said, “even with the change in venue, we have great crowds and some of the best vendors we’ve ever had.”

The Brookings-Harbor High School gym was double-booked for Saturday, so the festival was moved to Kalmiopsis Elementary School.

Willhite said festival vendors brought the best chocolate money could buy and pointed to Coastal Mist Chocolates of Bandon as an example.

“They make amazing chocolates and pastries,” he said. “Just awesome.”

Down the aisle, one booth sold hand-blown glass beads while in another, Annie Fischer worked on a loom. Her company, Shuttle Creek, sells hand-woven clothing.

Diane Guilbert was selling honey and other bee products along with essential oils. She and her husband Jon began Deer Creek Apis Products by raising bees in their backyard.

Rhonda and Eric Cutlip greeted customers with tasters of their flavored vinegars, oils and blends. Their company, Creations 4 You, claims, “We make you the gourmet.”

Shoppers filled the gym and formed lines at booths with samples and chocolates. Near the entrance, customers trying chocolate at two booths often made the aisles impassible.

Rhonda Cutlip said, “we come to the Brookings festival for the beautiful weather, the nice people and the great variety of crafts.”

She said the Cutlips, from Washington, use the yearly festival in Brookings to sell their goods and escape the cold.

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