12th Annual Magical Ice Fest

Published by St. Joseph Today

Friday 5th of February 2016 - Sunday 7th of February 2016

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

St. Joseph, MI

2016-02-05 16:00:00 2016-02-07 18:00:00 America/Detroit 12th Annual Magical Ice Fest February 5-7 Frosty fun all weekend long, book your stay today www.stjoetoday.com/sleep. St. Joseph, MI St. Joseph Today

Join us in downtown St. Joseph February 5-7 for our 12th Annual Ice Carving Festival!
We've got frosty fun planned all weekend long, book your stay today stjoetoday.com/sleep.

Certified Ice Competitions - All Weekend
Professional Ice Carving Competitions on Friday evening and on Saturday from 8am-4pm. Friday's Individual Competition will begin at 5:30-7:30pm all along State St - watch the carvers magically turn frozen blocks into works of art!

Fire & Ice Tower Display - Friday at 7:30pm (Immediately Following Individual Competition)
Join us at the official kickoff to our 12th Annual Magical Ice Fest weekend. Guests will view a breathtaking display of fire and ice. Location will be at State and Pleasant Streets.

Fire and Ice Party at Shadowland - Friday Night
8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Cover $10 at the door, ladies free before 9:00, ages 18 and up
Cash Bar, Tropical Martini Ice Luge, Pizza provided by Silver Beach Pizza, Zick Sticks provided by Zick’s Specialty Meats
Band: Joshua and Jeremy Sprague
Fire Performers: Barefoot Hawaiian Fire Performers

3rd Annual Ice Fest 5k Chocolate Walk/Run presented by the Sunset Coast Striders - Saturday
Join us for the chilliest timed run in St. Joseph. Along with chocolate filled yumminess, the race will be chip timed by Chris Pawielski at Good Times Event Timing. Trophies will be provided to the overall top female and male as well as medals for the top two age group finishers. Click here to register.

Fourth Annual ICE WARS! - Saturday 4:30-6pm
Located at State and Pleasant Streets, watch pro carvers duel it out in 15 minute bouts of ice-carving chaos! The crowd is the judge for this event as these carvers go head to head to see who can create the best sculpture the fastest.

Snow Biz Scavenger Hunt - All Weekend
Hunt all of our logo sculptures in and around downtown and be entered to win a St. Joseph Today Gift Certificate good at more than 40 locations! Stop in the Welcome Center to get a copy of the scavenger hunt form and learn the fun details. The hunt is available Friday through Sunday of the Ice Festival.

Magical Fun - Saturday
Join local magician John Dudley as he visits several downtown attractions and performs a variety of magic. He is sure to be entertaining for all ages.
Magical Tour Schedule:
11 AM - Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library
Noon - Krasl Art Center
2:15 PM - Downtown St. Joe  (Corner of State and Pleasant)
1 PM - Curious Kids' Museum
4 PM - Silver Beach Carousel (located in Shadowland Ballroom)

Waikiki Weekend - Saturday and Sunday
The weekend heats up at the Silver Beach Carousel with Waikiki Weekend. Ride a tropical-themed carousel, learn how to hula with live hula dance demonstrations and more!

Special thank you to our sponsors for the continued support and enthusiasm for this event. This event would not be possible without them!

Frost Sponsors:
Boulevard Inn & Bistro
Silver Beach Pizza

Ice Wars Sponsor:
Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council

SNOWBIZ Sponsors:
94.9 WSJM
97.5 Y-Country
98.3 The Coast
Beaudoin Electrical Construction
Celebration Cinema
City of St. Joseph
Great Lakes Eye Care P.C.
Heritage Museum & Cultural Center
Holt Bosse
Honor Credit Union
InCity Magazine
Lakeland HealthCare
Schultz Roofing Supply
Senior PGA
South Bend International Airport
Third Coast Surf Shop
United Federal Credit Union

Crystal Sponsors:
Bound For Freedom
The Buck Burgers & Brew
Bud Distributing
Chan's Garden
Chemical Bank
The Candlestick Maker
DK Boutique
Edgewater Bank
Edgewater Resources
Jimmy John's
Landis Clothing Co.
Moxie's Boutique
Olive Cart
Perennial Accents
Pier 1000
Silver Beach Carousel
Silver Beach Center
Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council
Statements Style Lounge
Tom and Judy Gawlik
V&A Bootery
Vail Rubber
Waterfront Framing & Fine Art
White Pine Winery

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Wednesday Round Up: Spring Wine Part 3

Written by Tess Carragher on 04/27/2016

April is Michigan Wine Month! Local wineries recommended spring wines to us; we shared the flavor profiles the first week, then learned more about the winemakers and names last week. This week, we’re pairing food with the wine!

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Dablon Winery, Round Barn Winery, and Lemon Creek Winery pairings; photos from their Instagram accounts. Click to follow!

We asked wineries to give us 3 words to describe their spring wine, as well as recommended food pairings. Check out what the local wineries had to say!

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Written by Tess Carragher on 04/19/2016

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Olive Cart staff (St. Joseph Location) / Bottled options at the Olive Cart /Inside the St. Joseph tasting room

As spring turns into summer, and the temperatures warm, Olive Cart starts looking for fresh and exciting ways to delight your taste buds. CeCe Woodward, an Olive Cart store manager, knows her way around the store's products! She shared some of their favorite summertime recipes. They are:

Pineapple Grapefruit Balsamic Sorbet
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Huckleberry Rice Krispie Bars

Read on for these recipes! 

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Whitney Behnke

Executive Director
St. Joseph Today

 Tess Carragher

Tess Carragher

Membership Coordinator
St. Joseph Today

Jill Stone

Former Executive Director
St. Joseph Today

Lauren Kniebes

Lazy Ballerina Winery