Turning ice into art at IceFest

Events, Food, Kid Friendly, Things to Do — By shelaghmcnally on February 24, 2012 at 5:39 am

Photo by Paul Tichonczuk

On Feb 25 and 26 celebrate winter in style at the 7th Annual Bloor-Yorkville IceFest where you can celebrate winter in Toronto.

Watch as ice carvers take out their picks, chisels and even chainsaws to transform blocks of ice into masterpieces at the 14th Annual Sassafraz Ice Carving Competition.

Sculptures start their creations on Friday afternoon and continue on through until Sunday. Cast your vote for your favorite sculpture on Saturday and Sunday between 2pm and 5pm. The People’s Choice Sculpture will be announced at 5:15 pm at the sound tent on Cumberland Street.

Ice carving demos will be held on Friday and on the weekend for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to visit the Winter Wilderness Exhibit and see how 35,000 pounds of ice have been transformed into a Canadian forest. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a Ice Log Cabin complete with a Lumberjack splitting wood next to a log fire, a moose gazing among carved totem trees as well as other Northern animals. All made from ice!

There’ll be music in the streets while you watch on-street figure skating performances by Glisse on Ice, enter draws to win a special weekend package, and enjoy a selection of Yorkville fine restaurants serving hot chocolate, drinks and comfort food. Try a delicious soup at Sassafraz or some crepes at Jacques Bistro du Parc. There will also be desserts offered from Baker Street.

Warm up by visiting the shops in Yorkville and do some window shopping. Come to Yorkville’s IceFest and celebrate winter in style!

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