Ice Sculptures and Sweet Treats Are Coming to Downtown Bellaire

The American Culinary Federation of Northwest Michigan* has partnered with Shanty Creek Resorts and the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce to bring “Art in Ice, Sweet & Nice” to the Streets of Downtown Bellaire on March 8 from 4 pm – 7 pm. Watch 3000 pounds of ice transformed into sculptures before your eyes. Carved by regional culinary artists and sponsored by Bellaire businesses, visitors are invited to watch 20”x40” ice blocks take shape. The ice carving is open to the public.

Ice Sponsors (to date)

  • The Julia Pietrowicz Team – Keller Williams Realty
  • Bellaire Animal Hospital
  • DEK Realty: Northern Michigan Real Estate
  • Hello Vino
  • Debbie Alexander – Coldwell Banker Schmidt Real Estate
  • Shanty Creek Resorts
  • Uniquely North
  • Fischer Insurance Agency, Inc
  • Ruthann’s Gourmet Bakery
  • Otherside Irrigation Services

Returning this year during the Art in Ice event is the “Sweet Treats Bake Off”, featuring samples from area pastry chefs. Similar to Bellaire’s popular Soup Cook Off, a $5 ticket gives visitors an opportunity to taste 6 baked sweet treats that include a “fruit” ingredient. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets holders will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite treat while enjoying the live ice sculpting. The winning pastry chef will hold bragging rights as the “Best Sweet Treat” in Bellaire.

Tickets are on sale now at the Bellaire Chamber, Hello Vino, Ruthann’s Gourmet Bakery, Paddles & Pedals, Fischer Insurance and The Flying Pig. Only 200 tickets are available and will sell out fast.

Confirmed Sweet Treat Chefs:

While in Bellaire, visit downtown shops as they offer specials and entertainment.

This event is in conjunction with Shanty Creek Resorts annual “Slush Cup” event on March 9th, one of Michigan’s most popular winter events for over 40 years. Watch the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as skiers and riders attempt to cross an icy 60′ pond. Some take it to another level with crazy costumes. Other events include a frozen fish toss, snow shovel racing, and a seal slide — all part of the traditional wild and crazy weekend.

For more information, visit or call the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce at 231-533-6023.