Sculpture and chili

Fire and Ice festival returns on May 2

Qualicum Beach’s annual chili and ice sculpture event is gearing up for a record year

Saturday’s Fire and Ice Festival is shaping up to be a magical one.

Not only is the theme for this year’s event “the fairytale life,” but there are plenty of food and entertainment options booked to fill Second Avenue, said festival chair Jim Lynch, kicking off Qualicum Beach’s popular street event season.

This is also the first year the festival team has really promoted the event on Facebook and Lynch said they are seeing a good response from all over the mid-Island.

As such, he gets the sense that the crowds will be good this year, especially if the weather is nice.

That’s a good sign for, as usual, there will be a mass amount of chili to consume.

Each of the 18 food teams must have at least 21 gallons of the mild to spicy flavoured stew on hand, though Lynch said some booths will serve 60 gallons or more.

Tasting the wares along with the crowds, will be judges Parksville Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell, Qualicum First Nation chief Michael Recalma, Linda Tenney of EyesonBC Magazine and David Graham of 88.5 The Beach.

For those who feel like eating something a little different, Lynch said there will also be the usual selection of ice cream, popcorn and water alongside mini calzones from Giovanni’s and pulled pork served up by the Rotary Club.

“The door is open for people to do other things,” he said.

Looking to the entertainment side of things, ice sculpting still takes the forefront. There are 12 carvers this year who will spend the day transforming two dozen blocks of ice into impermanent art.

Headlining the music this year is Jerry Doucette, who will play on the Main Stage from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Before that show, Manglewood featuring Scott Brown of Trooper will perform on the same stage from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

In all, the festival will feature more than a dozen acts, including a number of local and mid-Island performers, on three different stages throughout the day.

There will also be a kids’ zone and bouncy castle to keep the little ones happy.

Fire and Ice is set for Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit: fireandicestreetfestival.com.

 

 

Just Posted

RCMP: No timeline for update on fatal hit-and-run in Parksville

Complexity of case a factor in length of the investigation

Parksville wants consultant to examine feasibility of rec centre

Strong demand from residents for a multi-sport facility

Developers withdraw rezoning application for huge Parksville waterfront plan

IAG to create new draft after processing public feedback

Parksville youngsters design problem-solving robot

Lego robotics team gearing up for gold in Victoria competition

VIDEO: Trudeau asks Canada to look to current, not past, actions on race

Liberal leader says he never spoke about the racist photo because he was embarrassed

Legislature gifts, clothing, travel need better control, B.C. auditor says

Audit follows suspensions of managers by Speaker Darryl Plecas

‘Really disturbing:’ Trudeau’s racist photos worry B.C. First Nation chief

Wet’suwet’en Chief concerned the photos will sow fear in Indigenous communities

‘Unacceptable’: What politicians have to say about Trudeau in blackface

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi: ‘When I saw that picture last night, certainly it was a sucker-punch’

‘He’s trying to kill me’: Victoria police commandeer boats to reach screaming woman

No charges laid and civilians to be awarded honours after incident on Gorge Waterway

Island contestant competes on Great Canadian Baking Show

Andrea Nauta auditioned for the show before but was lucky second time around

VIDEO: B.C. man accused of assaulting sex worker loses temper in interrogation

Defence lawyer says statements made by accused Curtis Sagmoen should be deemed inadmissible

John Horgan promises action after fatal mid-Island bus crash

Premier cites students, local Indigneous community as reason to repair the road

Teens charged in stabbing death of B.C. man in strip mall parking lot

Two youths, aged 15 and 16, charged in Aug. 16 killing of South Surrey’s Paul Prestbakmo

Most Read