2019 Mackinac Island Fudge Festival


For more than a century, Mackinac Island’s fudge has been an institution that’s become famous worldwide.  Fudge devotees are known as “fudgies” – a term that is also synonymous with Northern Michigan tourists. Most people don’t need an excuse to indulge in a piece or two of creamy, decadent fudge. But, for those who do, the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival which takes place each August, offers Island dwellers and tourists a terrific reason to celebrate fudge – made fresh each day at Mackinac’s multitude of fudge shops.

The festival features a number of family fun fudge-related activities including:

  • 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

Restaurant Dinner Specials served daily:*

  • The Cudahy Chophouse at the Inn at Stonecliffe – Grilled lamb, wild rice with cherries, broccolini, pickled onions, and a fudge demi-glace.

Restaurant Dessert Specials served daily:*

  • The Cudahy Chophouse at the Inn at Stonecliffe – Waffle topped with fudge ice cream finished with a chocolate ganache and whipped cream.
  • The Gate House, The Jockey Club, The Woods Restaurant – all offering the Grand Pecan Ball, the Grand Hotel’s Signature dessert.
  • The Seabiscuit Cafe – Mackinac Island Fudge & Michigan Cherry Ice Cream Sandwich

Stop by the Mackinac Island Information Center, next to Carriage Tours and across from Star Line Dock #1, for more information.

 

*Subject to change. This schedule is based on the 2018 Fudge Festival. Look for more family and fudge events to be added as we get closer to the event.