Fire and Ice on the horizon

Popular Qualicum Beach street festival getting ready to roll

Chili’s the fire and ice is

QUALICUM BEACH — May 5 is going to be a very special day in Qualicum Beach.

That’s the day the 20th annual Fire and Ice Street Festival kicks off in the community, with up to 6,000 people from all over Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland crowding into the uptown core to sample chili and watch ice carvers at work.

The theme for this year’s fun family event is Celebrate Art and Culture — and the famous chili cook-off is the centerpiece, with up to 30 teams in decorated booths competing for the coveted Peoples Choice Award.

A one-time cup purchase of $4 will allow visitors to go from team to team sampling the chili and voting for their favourite.

Meanwhile, ice carvers from across Western Canada and the United States will be located throughout the town, competing for cash prizes while turning large blocks of ice into spectacular sculptures as spectators watch.

Musical entertainment from three stages will feature well-known local performers and recording artists.

Fire and Ice is a family-oriented street festival providing something for all members of the family including a Kids’ Zone, which will be one of the busiest places in town, with lots of children getting their faces painted, balloons, games and fun activities just for them.

Volunteers are central to the success of the festival and Fire and Ice chairman Walter Hoogland is putting out the call for all hands on deck to help make this year’s festival another successful fun filled day.

For more information visit


Just Posted

Parksville’s Arrowsmith Lodge and Cokely Manor celebrate 50 years

Week of ‘60s-themed activities starts on April 26

UPDATE: Missing kayakers located safe and sound in Welcome Bay

Pair were reported missing April 22, in vicinity of Lasqueti Island

Review: The Magic of ‘Almost, Maine’

ECHO Players production runs through May 5 at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach

Coombs farm auction returns April 28

CFI hosts 41st annual auction

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Pug life: B.C. town boasts waggish list of dog names

Freedom-of-information request lists most ‘pupular’ dog names registered in White Rock

Most Read