January 3, 2015

Ice Breaker Festival South Haven - January 2015

Ice carving sponsored by Joe's Bar & Grill, photo
courtesy of South Haven Chamber of Commerce.
South Haven is gearing up for the 2015 Ice Breaker Festival, hosted on the streets of downtown January 30th - February 1st.  The hottest little winter festival along the lake, Ice Breaker combines food, drink, winter fun and a determined spirit to break up the doldrums of winter.

The highlight of the festival is the chili cook off, featuring over twenty hearty creations of restaurants and organizations downtown.  Over the past couple of years, the Elks Club, Clementine's, Hawkshead and Taste have been in hot competition for first place.  Visitors are encouraged to pick up a ballot to score each chili entry based on heat, consistency, meat to bean ratio and overall appeal.
Serving up chili samples, photo courtesy
of South Haven Chamber of Commerce.

Ice carving begins early on Saturday morning with 300 to 600 pound blocks of ice placed throughout downtown.  Carvers in the student, amateur and professional divisions will create works of art with huge three hundred pound blocks of ice throughout downtown.  From intricate signature pieces to clever, pop art style, the ice carvings are fun to watch in progress and photograph when completed.  Judging of the entries is typically around noon, and sculptures will remain downtown for as long as weather permits.

Embracing the warmth while enjoying the outdoor cold is definitely a recurring theme.  The local Boy Scouts will have several firepits throughout downtown, and for a dollar donation they'll toast up the perfect marshmallow for a s'more.  Local restaurants & bars also participate in the Pub Slide, featuring special festival adult beverages.

The South Haven Chamber of Commerce is coordinating with the Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast and other North Side businesses to provide a toasty warm (and complimentary) shuttle to downtown festivities.  Stay tuned for more details!

Bed and breakfast rooms for couples and guest cottages for families or small groups are available for the Ice Breaker weekend at the Victoria Resort.  Additionally the Victoria Resort is offering an "Ice Breaker Price Breaker" special, where the third night is 50% off any accommodation.