Bethany Beach Fire & Ice Festival Is A Go For this Friday to Sunday in the 'Quiet Resorts'

Due to the time of year and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, there hasn't been a whole to tell you about in the last couple of months as it pertains to current events at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

But we're excited to say that we have some pretty fun things to talk about for this final weekend of February, most significantly the 4th Annual Fire & Ice Festival in Bethany Beach.

There are a number of fun community events scheduled for this weekend in the "Quiet Resorts," which we'll go into much greater detail about below.

Fire & Ice is definitely the highlight of the weekend, but we do want to quickly mention both the annual Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department Oyster Eat on Saturday, February 27, which will be a drive-thru event this year, and the virtual Love on Tap Craft Beer Festival in Ocean City.

Both events are extremely scaled down for 2021, but click on the corresponding links above to learn how you can still participate, with hopes of things returning to normal in time for the 2022 versions of these popular events.

But as Fire & Ice is largely outside, one of the few outdoor events held during the winter months, we have much more to tell you about this week's signature Bethany Beach offseason event.

Let's take a look at some of the highlighted events on tap for the Fire & Ice Festival, scheduled for February 26-28. For a full schedule of events, please visit www.fireandicede.com.

Ice Sculpture Demo (February 27)

Due to the current environment, this portion of the Fire & Ice Festival is live streamed for 2021. But the public is still invited to tune in on Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., to see 3,000 pounds of ice transformed into a detailed sculpture.

The live stream is free and can be viewed via the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page.

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Festival Walking Tours (February 26-27)

Enjoy the great outdoors along the coast during the walking portion of this year's Fire & Ice Festival, which begins at 5 p.m., on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Festival maps are available that will guide you through the exhibits. The ice sculptures will be unveiled and illuminated on Friday evening and available for public viewing for the rest of the weekend.

Walking tours are taking place in several locations, including on Garfield Parkway, at the Millville Boardwalk, in John West Park in Ocean View and at Lord's Landscaping in Millville.

These tours are all free, so stop by the beach this weekend for a good time. Ice sculptures will be available at all of the locations mentioned above.

Walk-Through Food and Wine Trail (February 26)

Enjoy a delicious five-course meal, along with specially chosen wine pairings, on Friday evening at Lord's Landscaping in Millville.

Organized by the Off The Hook Restaurant Group and Bethany Beach Beverage Company, this is offered for groups of four and runs $160. All proceeds from this fantastic coastal evening benefit the Santa's Letters organization.

Along with the great food and wine, Delmarva themed ice sculptures will be on display, with a glimpse of the festival's very own Fire Dancer. You were probably wondering when we were going to get to the fire portion of the event, weren't you?

All participants for this part of the festival must be 21 or older. Further information, including the full menu, and tickets are available here.

Millville Boardwalk Events (February 26-27)

Head to nearby Millville during Fire & Ice Weekend for a full schedule of fun-filled and family friendly events.

Events at the Boardwalk on Friday and Saturday include:

  • Bonfire & Smores (February 26 and 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.)
  • Coffee & Donuts (February 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
  • Lunch with Chik-Fil-A (February 27 at 12 p.m.)

All events are free to the public.

Tasting Tour (All Weekend)

Purchase a $25 ticket here and bring it with you to any of the Fire & Ice participating restaurants to taste this year's "Delmarvalous" themed cocktail.

There will also be a special ice bar at each location, as well as food specials and grab and go choices.

Ticket sales for this portion of the event benefit Nemours DuPont Pediatrics & Senior Care, Sussex Campus and local area restaurants. More than $7,500 was raised for Nemours in 2020.

Online ticket sales are only open through Wednesday, February 24, though onsite sales will be available during the weekend event.

Visit www.fireandicede.com for the full list of restaurants participating in this year's Tasting Tour.

Delmarva Juice & Java (February 26-27)

Head just a little bit south to Fenwick Island for a special wine tasting and chef's charcuterie, featuring products from Salted Vines Winery.

Enjoy a cup of coffee and treats around the fire pit on the pool deck, while taking in the illuminated ice sculpture. The cost is $30 per person with all proceeds benefitting Justin's Beach House in Bethany Beach.

This event is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m., on both Friday and Saturday evenings, at Fenwick Shores on Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island. Click here for additional information and to order tickets.

The 2021 Fire & Ice Festival is a perfect chance to get outside and enjoy one of the great local festivals that hasn't been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Visit www.fireandicede.com for much more on this weekend's festival.

If you go, please be safe and have a great time enjoying this fantastic local event.

And keep visiting www.theoldfathergroup.com every week for all that's happening at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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