A Little Bit of Spice and a Whole Lot of Ice


If you happen to be around the Bay Harbor area this weekend, we’ve got a great event that you’re definitely going to want to check out! Considering the fact that you are reading this entry, we’re going to go ahead and assume that ice sculpting is something that you have an interest in. However, sometimes standing around in the freezing cold is a less-than-pleasant price to pay when it comes to seeing some of the work in action. Thankfully, the 2014 Bay Harbor Ice and Spice Festival has a way of making your time in the cold deliciously fun!


2014 Bay Harbor Ice and Spice Festival in Bay Harbor, MI | Ice Crafters

Yes, you read that descriptive adjective right – we said “delicious”. Odd way to describe an ice sculpting competition, right? Well not when you consider the fact that this unique type of festival is a pairing of ice sculptures and hot, tasty chili.


Held this weekend, January 17-18, 2014 in the village of Bay Harbor, MI, the Ice and Spice Festival is an extremely unique event that blends two worlds that you would never expect to collide. On one side of the spectrum, you have professional and amateur ice carving competitions being held on both Friday and Saturday. The festival is certified by the National Ice Carving Association (NICA) and participants will be competing for more than $12,000 in cash and medals. Then once the competition is over and the winners have been chosen, each ice sculpture will be left on display throughout the Bay Harbor village for as long as the weather permits.


Then come Saturday, attendees will be treated to the Pro-Am Ice & Spice Chili Challenge in a heated tent on the Village lawn. The first place winner for both the professional and amateur divisions will each go home with a $500 prize and all proceeds will go towards benefiting the Backpack 4 Kids Program through the Manna Food Project. Looking to warm up after watching the carving competitions? A minimum $5 donation will enable you to taste and vote for your favorite!


The event is free and open to the public so stop on through to try some delicious chili and support your fellow ice carving enthusiasts! For more information about the event and its various activities, visit visitmichiganupnorth.com.


(Posted by: Alice Connelly of Ice Crafters)