The Mackinac Fudge Festival is happening this summer. Are you going?

Part of the enjoyment of going to Mackinac Island for me was viewing the Grand Hotel, biking around the Island and the tasty fudge. Now there is a full weekend celebrating the icon sweet treat. Plenty of shops feature freshly made fudge that is served on a daily basis but now they have a whole weekend to  celebrate the sweet treat. Here is what you can look forward according to the web-site MackinacIsland.org

Family Fun Fudge Related Activities...

  • Fudge Making Demonstrations & Tastings
  • Willy Wonka Sightings
  • Family Games at Windermere Point
  • Specialty Fudge Infused Cocktails
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Fudge Egg Hunt

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019*

  • 11:00 am – 4:00 pm:  Fudge making demonstrations  See how the island’s most famous treat is made at island fudge shops – Ryba’s Fudge Shop, Murdick’s Fudge Shop, May’s Fudge Shop, Joann’s Fudge Shop, Sanders Fudge Shop
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm:  Fudge Infused Cocktail Hour, Seabiscuit Cafe  Try fudge inspired specialty cocktails!
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:  Market Street Open House & Art Walk  Visit the art shops, Bed & Breakfasts, and all businesses on Market Street. Music, fudge treats and complimentary beverages. Free event.
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:  Children’s Magic & Music on Market Street  Magic by Jamie Andress, music by Gabi Bowditch, face painting, yo-yo tricks, lots of fun! Activities at Community Center, Market Street.
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm:  Courtyard Shops at the Lilac Tree  Enjoy Michigan made snacks and giveaways.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019*

  • May’s Fudge Shop: First 25 customers to purchase fudge will receive a free slice of fudge cake! Main Street shop on the water side.
  • 11:00 am – 4:00 pm:  Fudge making demonstrations  See how the island’s most famous treat is made at island fudge shops – Ryba’s Fudge Shop, Murdick’s Fudge Shop, May’s Fudge Shop, Joann’s Fudge Shop, Sanders Fudge Shop
  • 11:30 am: History of Fudge Talk given by Phil Porter at Mackinac Island Library.
  • 12:00 am – 3:00 pm:  Family Games at Windermere Point  Games, bounce house, coloring mural, Hula Hoop Contest, Popcorn Dump Race, Egg and Spoon Race, Water Balloon Race and more!
  • 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm: Ice Cream Fudge Social at Windermere Point
  • 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm:  Three Men and a Tenor Concert at Windermere Point, free concert. In case of rain, concert will be moved to Community Hall.
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm:  Fudge Infused Cocktail Hour, Seabiscuit Cafe  Try fudge inspired specialty cocktails!
  • 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Michigan Craft Beer & Fudge Cruise Sip n’ Sail Pure Michigan Boat Cruises, music by Sonder. For tickets and information click here.
  • 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm:  Three Men and a Tenor Concert at Windermere Point, free concert. In case of rain, concert will be moved to Community Hall.
  • 8:00 pm:  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Outdoor movie at Windermere Point, Willy Wonka appearance, popcorn and movie snacks. In case of rain, alternate venue will be Community Hall.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2019*

  • 10:00 am:  Children’s Chocolate Fudge Egg Hunt at Marquette Park
  • 11:00 am – 4:00 pm:  Fudge making demonstrations  See how the island’s most famous treat is made at island fudge shops – Ryba’s Fudge Shop, Murdick’s Fudge Shop, May’s Fudge Shop, Joann’s Fudge Shop, Sanders Fudge Shop
  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm:  Family Games at Windermere Point  Great Turtle Slow Ride, Sugar Sack Relay Race, fun for everyone!
  • 7:00 pm:  Scenic Photo Hike with Heather May  Begins at Mackinac Outfitters, complimentary samples of fudge from May’s Fudge Shop.

Specialty drinks and cocktails served daily:*

  • Gate House – Mackinac Island Fudge Martini
  • Horn’s Gaslight Bar – Chocolate Raspberry Shot, Rocky Road Hot Cocoa
  • Jockey Club – Mackinac Island Fudge Martini
  • Mary’s Bistro – Fudge inspired Beer Take Over
  • Pink Pony – Godiva & Fudge Martini
  • Round Island Bar – Happy Hour Specials 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Seabiscuit Cafe – Ryba’s Fudge Martini, Salted Caramel White Russian, Chocolate Macadamia Martini
  • Smokey Jose’s – Death by Chocolate Margarita
  • Winchester’s – Sweet & Spicy Ancho Chile Martini, Fudge Slide, Fudge Coffee
  • Woods Restaurant – Mackinac Island Fudge Martini
  • Yankee Rebel – Fudge-tastic; Bailey’s, Frangelico & Godiva Chocolate Vodka