CAMBRIDGE – Everyone is invited to mark their calendars for Jan. 28-29, when downtown Cambridge hosts the Eastern Shore’s first Ice & Oyster Fest.
The free event will feature ice sculptures showcasing the best of winter, wildlife and Shore ways, coupled with kid-friendly ice games. Adults can feast on local wild and farm-raised oysters, craft beer and artisan cocktails served at the fest’s signature ice bar.
Chainsaw- and hand-carved ice sculptures on display will include a skipjack, soaring eagle, royal throne, the Hoopers Island lighthouse, a Chesapeake Bay retriever, bushel basket of crabs, corn hole and more. Top carvers will show off their artistry at demonstrations held each day.
To provide a winter warm-up for the family, firepits with s’mores stations will be located along the festival site.
In addition to the downtown site, guests of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Resort can join in the weekend’s fun. The Hyatt will feature an ice igloo with seats ideal for family photo opportunities as well as other ice-related events and activities throughout the weekend.
The downtown events begin the evening of Jan. 28 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. followed by a full day of activities on Jan. 29 from 2 to 10 p.m. Visit dorchesterchamber.org/ice-and-oyster-fest for more information.
Ice sculpture sponsors to date include the City of Cambridge, DELCO Packaging, Dorchester Economic Development, GKD North America, Hoopers Island Oyster Co., Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Ice Lab, Layton’s Chance, RAR Brewing, RHI Inc., Sharon Real Estate and Yacht Maintenance. Opportunities to sponsor additional ice sculptures are available by contacting the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce.
Participating oyster companies and watermen include Choptank Terrapin Oysters, Hoopers Island Oyster Co., Madhouse Oysters, Pirates Cove Oysters and the Dorchester Seafood Heritage Association.
The event is produced by the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, Ice Lab and Choptank Communications.