Predicted rain held off Saturday at this year’s Fire and Ice festival in Qualicum Beach, and the crowds responded, swarming the downtown core to sample some of the best chili around and watch as ice carvers created evocative — though short-lived sculptures.
Taking top spot in the Best Professional Chili category this year was The Beach Club, who also garnered the top spot for best presentation as well.
The Best Amateur award went to a dynamic duo, a team made up of Dogone Clean Inc. and Ken Droog Real Estate.
The most coveted chili prize, the one chosen by the thousands of attendees themselves, was awarded to the team representing Thalassa Restaurant.
That’s the fire, now the ice.
Taking top spot overall for the ice carving competition was Mike Richards, followed in second by Johnny Woo and Delayne Corbett in third.
There were two honourable mentions this year, a tie that went to Rusty Cox and David Kaube.