A holiday weekend of winter fun is coming to downtown Cambridge Jan. 12 and 13 when the Cambridge Ice & Oyster Festival returns for its third year with two action-packed days of activities celebrating Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
The free, family friendly outdoor event is once again presented by the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina with the support of many Mid-Shore businesses and organizations.
It will feature dozens of dazzling 3D ice sculptures reflecting the imagery of Dorchester County -- The Heart of the Chesapeake. Attendees can also enjoy a selection of wild and farm-raised oysters, craft beer and cocktails served at ice bars, hot chocolate, s’mores and other favorite foods.
The hours are Friday, Jan. 12, 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 13, noon to 8 p.m.
The Ice & Oyster Festival grounds span the parking lots behind Chesapeake College in downtown Cambridge from Cannery Way (400 block of Race Street) to Blue Ruin Plaza with more sculptures on Race and Poplar streets. Live music will be featured at two stages.
Throughout the festival site, 3D sculptures carved from more than 50,000 pounds of ice will be displayed while master carvers show off their artistry with live demonstrations. An ice slide for the young ones, a giant throne, duck hunting blind and graffiti wall are among the many family photo opportunities carved in ice. Kids of all ages can try their skill at popular ice games, including corn hole, a mini-golf putting hole and tic-tac-toe.
Other featured sculptures include an ice hockey table, ice breaker cutter and captain’s wheel, compass rose, locomotive engine, flock of geese, golden retriever, deadrise boat, mallards in flight, and a tractor-trailer.
Raw oysters on the half shell and grilled preparations will be sold by the watermen of Dorchester County (Dorchester Seafood Heritage Association) along with other of the region’s top oyster farms – Choptank Terrapin Oyster Co., Double T Oyster, Farm Creek Oyster Co., Madhouse Oysters, Madison Bay Seafood, and Seed to Shuck Ventures/ Bonnie’s Seafood Shack.
Attendees can chill out with a craft beer or cocktail at one of the festival’s two ice bars and then warm up with family members at one of three fire pits while roasting s’mores and sipping hot chocolate. Downtown Cambridge restaurants will be open for lunch and dinner throughout the weekend.
The Rescue Fire Company Train Garden will once again be open during the festival for viewing of the amazing display with an 89-year history.
The Cambridge Ice and Oyster Fest is produced by the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce & Ice Lab with support from Cambridge Main Street and Dorchester County Tourism.
For more information, visit the festival website at iceoysterfest.com. Entertainment schedules and weather updates will be posted on the festival’s Facebook page.