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.