Ice carving show and chili contest back in downtown Mount Clemens – Macomb Daily

Downtown Mount Clemens is gearing up for a pair of local favorite winter traditions taking place this weekend.

The Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show returns at noon on Friday February 11 and will continue until Sunday February 13. Before the ice sculptures, the Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, February 10,

Families will want to band together to enjoy the outdoor festival atmosphere in and around the Fountain Stage area on Macomb Place.

“Unique to other ice shows, the Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show features live carvings throughout the event,” Michelle Weiss, DDA’s Marketing and Events Coordinator, said in a press release.

Master Ice Carver Jeff Wolf, Culinary Arts Instructor at Macomb Community College Culinary
Institute and owner of Finesse Cuisine, coordinates the event’s ice carving.

Live ice sculpting demonstrations are scheduled on the Fountain Stage from noon to 6 p.m. Friday. Demonstrations continue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

All demonstrations take place weather permitting.

According to Chief Wolf, ideal carving conditions involve 20 degree weather under cloudy skies to protect the integrity of the ice. Early projections from the National Weather Service call for temperatures around 31 with cloudy conditions.

Many downtown businesses will be rolling out the welcome mats for the festival, providing a place to warm up and relax indoors.

The Macomb Discovery Center offers kids the chance to explore the free Ice Age display case, enjoy fresh popcorn, an Ice Age movie and create their own ice age activity. prehistoric art. Additionally, the Mount Clemens Lions Club will host a free eye screening from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Phil Gilchrist, executive director of the Anton Art Center, rummages through a chilli sampler at O’Halloran’s Public House in Mount Clemens during an ancient chilli competition. (MACOMB DAILY FILE PHOTO)

Located at 54 Cherry Street, the warm-up center hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Meanwhile, 10 establishments will participate in the Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl on Thursday night.

Abbibo Dining & Spirits, Bath City Bistro, Gumbo’s, Little Lorraine’s, Madison’s Pub, O’Halloran’s Public House, Orleans Sports Café, The Rec Bowl, Three Blind Mice and Your Mother’s are in the running.

Abbibo’s team will defend the felt crown they won in 2020, being named the city’s best chili of 2020. Due to the pandemic, the contest has been cancelled.

A professional ice sculptor works on a creation at an ancient ice sculpting show in Mount Clemens. (MACOMB DAILY FILE PHOTO)

The winner is selected from the ratings provided by the pub crawl participants. Tickets are a $15 donation for one,
or $25 for two. Each attendee receives a wristband good for a snack-sized chili every
establishment. The first 400 registrants will also receive a free souvenir chili party
pearls.

Tickets are now available at participating establishments.

Proceeds are split equally between two charities, the Anton Art Center and the Mount Clemens Goodfellows. Over $3,700 was raised in 2020.

For more information regarding the Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl fundraiser, the
Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show or Downtown Mount Clemens, please call:
586-469-4168 or visit Downtown Mount Clemens on Facebook.

David H. Henry