2013-08-23 / Top News

Sweet Treat Is Focus of Mackinac Island Festival

By Noriah Williams


Isabelle Bates, of Canton, poses for a photograph after watching Travas Gregory of Bay City make a batch of German chocolate fudge at Murdick’s Fudge Wednesday, August 14. Golden Tickets for the Fudge Festival may be found hidden in candy boxes at any of the participating fudge shops, including Murdick’s, May’s, Joann’s, Ryba’s, Sander’s, and Murray Hotel, this weekend. Isabelle Bates, of Canton, poses for a photograph after watching Travas Gregory of Bay City make a batch of German chocolate fudge at Murdick’s Fudge Wednesday, August 14. Golden Tickets for the Fudge Festival may be found hidden in candy boxes at any of the participating fudge shops, including Murdick’s, May’s, Joann’s, Ryba’s, Sander’s, and Murray Hotel, this weekend. The Mackinac Island Fudge Festival, a two-day event celebrating the Island’s favorite treat, will be Friday, August 23, and Saturday, August 24. The Willy Wonka-themed event will feature Golden Tickets hidden in purchased fudge in all participating fudge shops, including Joann’s Fudge, Ryba’s Fudge, Sander’s Candy, May’s Candy Shop, Murdick’s Fudge, and Murray Hotel Fudge Company. Seven winners will be awarded Mackinac Island vacation packages for four, good for the next summer season.


Bartender Douglas Preston with the ingredients of one of Mary’s Bistro’s dessert drinks, Ryba’s Fudge Martini, made up of peanut butter fudge, vanilla ice cream, spiced rum, and liqueur. Mary’s Bistro will host a fudge dinner during the Fudge Festival Friday, August 23, comprised of fudge-inspired dishes. Bartender Douglas Preston with the ingredients of one of Mary’s Bistro’s dessert drinks, Ryba’s Fudge Martini, made up of peanut butter fudge, vanilla ice cream, spiced rum, and liqueur. Mary’s Bistro will host a fudge dinner during the Fudge Festival Friday, August 23, comprised of fudge-inspired dishes. The Golden Tickets will be delivered at 10 a.m. Saturday to the fudge shops by horse and carriage by Mackinac Island summer resident Ann Levy and Lilly and Riley Parrish, decked in Oomph Loompa wigs.

A special guest of the festival will be this year’s Miss Michigan Sugar Queen of the Michigan Sugar Company. The queen will draw the last winning Golden Ticket, which can be won by filling out a free form at the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. The drawing will take place at the bureau office Saturday at 5 p.m.

Fudge-related activities will take place throughout the Island.

Mary’s Bistro will host a fudge-inspired dinner Friday, August 23, at 6 p.m. Dinner, dessert, and drinks made with fudge will be offered, along with the restaurant’s signature Fudge Martini. No reservations are required.

The Inn at Stonecliffe will also hold a special fudge dinner by Chef Richard Gilles. Reservations are required and can be made at (906) 847-3355.

Bartenders in participating restaurants will also create their won fudge-blended drinks during the weekend ongoing event, Fudge on the Rocks.

Arbor Brewing Company will also feature the specialty beer, Mackinac Island Fudge Stout, which can be sampled at the Mackinac Island Beer Tasting at the Pink Pony Saturday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Mackinac Arts Council will offer “Toy Story 3” as the Friday night movie, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at Mission Point Theatre.

Windermere Point will host the Great Turtle Slow Ride. The slow bicycle race will see both solo and tandem riders compete in a 50-yard race to see who will be the last to cross the finish line. Winners of the races will be awarded a free overnight stay at the Windermere Hotel.

As the final event of the festival, Stonecliffe will host the Fudge Festival Drive-In Movie, playing “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” on the hotel’s lawn Saturday at 9 p.m.

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