Celebrate winter in the city with the ninth annual Bloor-Yorkville IceFest, running February 22 & 23, 2014. This year’s festival will feature an array of spectacular ice sculpture displays, events and demonstrations throughout the neighbourhood for the public to enjoy. See the magic of ice come to life as artists put the finishing touches on this amazing winter scene, crafted from an astounding 20,000 lbs. of ice.
From 12 pm – 5 pm on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23, come marvel at our very own “Heat Wave” ice display, bringing the tropics to Toronto, in the winter, alleviating the cabin fever, which most people experience, by that time of year. Ice sculptures will range from palm trees, tropical flowers, and parrots, to a sail boat, schools of tropical fish, a sea turtle, or maybe even a tiki bar!
The 14th Annual Sassafraz Ice Carving Competition starts Saturday at noon. Visitors are invited to watch talented ice carvers chisel out breathtaking pieces in the Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland St. & Bellair St.). They are also invited to cast their vote between 2 pm – 5 pm on Saturday for the People’s Choice Sculpture, to be announced at 5:15 pm that day.
The Festival will also include ice carving demonstrations throughout the neighbourhood and a street closure both days on Cumberland Street and Bellair Street. There will be a live DJ on the street with music being provided by “Bellosound”.
February is Heart Month and the Bloor-Yorkville BIA is proud to continue supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation during IceFest. For a donation of $2, visitors can sample tasty “Maple Syrup Taffy” from 1 pm – 4 pm each day. We will be distributing “Iced Kiddie Cubes” with a collectible toy inside at 2 pm each day in the Village of Yorkville Park, for a $2 donation.
This is an all ages family friendly, FREE event, all you have to bring is warm clothes, a hearty winter spirit, and maybe a camera to capture the moments in ice forever!