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 fudge-related events activities including:

  • Miss Michigan Sugar Appearances
  • Daddy…I want the Golden Ticket Vacation Giveaway
  • Great Turtle Slow Ride Bike Race
  • Fudge Making Demonstrations & Tastings
  • Fudge on the Rocks
  • Fudge infused cocktails Island restaurants
  • Dining under the Influence of Fudge at Mary’s Bistro

Daddy, I want the Golden Ticket & I want it Now!

Sunday, Aug. 23 • 2-4 p.m. • Winner chosen at 4 p.m. Mackinac Island Tourism Office

Island fudge shops will host the “Daddy, I want the Golden Ticket & I want it Now!” vacation contest. Much like in the movie, six Golden Tickets will be placed in special packages of fudge and one will be drawn from the free entry forms at the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau by Miss Michigan Sugar. Those who purchase the package with a Winning Golden Ticket inside will receive a two-night stay on the Island for four that includes ferry tickets, Mackinac Island Carriage Tour and Wings of Mackinac tickets.

Mackinac Island Beer Tasting

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 & 23 • 3-5 p.m. • Pink Pony

Michigan’s own Arbor Brewing Company created Mackinac Island Fudge Stout especially for the festival. Try this amazing concoction alongside more of Michigan’s best craft beers at Pink Pony

Great Turtle Slow Ride

Sunday, Aug. 24 • 1 p.m. • Windermere Point

Hit the brakes! Go as slow as possible without setting a foot on the ground to balance. Prizes including an overnight stay at Windermere Hotel and Fudge Baskets!

Sugar Relay

Sunday, Aug. 24 • 1:30 p.m. • Windermere Point

Teams of four compete at carrying bags of sugar on picturesque Windermere Point! Teams aged 15 and under will try to cross the finish line first with a 25 lb. bag of sugar while teams with participants 16 years old and up will carry a 50 lb bag of sugar.