Ice Carvers will turn blocks of ice into beautiful works of art in a competition that will be judged for prize money and the title of Grand Champion. At the same time Chili Teams with their secret recipes and decorated kiosks will compete for the coveted “People Choice Award”.
The “Fire” promises to be especially hot this year with many local restaurants, banks, stores, as well as some of our premium resorts serving samplings of their chili to thousands of visitors on the streets. Chefs from Chateau Victoria and The Union Club will be tasting and judging the samples with the winners receiving awards donated by Island Exposures.
The winner of this year’s ice carving competition will be challenged by the caliber of carvers, including Peter Vogelaar from Winlaw BC, Chan Kitburi from Washington USA, Steve Buzak from Sun Peaks, Heinz Zadler from Alberta and many more from the mainland and Vancouver Island.
Watch the ice carving demonstration starting at 10:30 in front of QF Foods offered by our very own talented carver-Stewart McTavish and make sure you visit the VIU students carving for their first time.
On the streets as the chili is being sampled and the ice sculptures are created
you will experience marimba bands providing a festive sound and an opportunity to dance. The caliber of musicians this year include Juno nominated blues man Bill Johnstone and his band as well as the Braedan Marshall Band from Nanaimo, playing classic rock and roll. This group includes a father and his 2 sons which will ensure the commitment to a family based celebration.
The Popular Kids Zone will be a place for children to have fun including a petting zoo, interactive games, face painting, creative balloons and much, much more.
The support from the community and its volunteers for the Fire and Ice Street Festival has been overwhelming and the committee is confident that the months of planning and preparation for this event will result in a very successful, entertaining and enjoyable festival for all.