2020 Mackinac 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.

Friday, August 28, 2020

All Day: Joann’s Fudge Enter a drawing for a gift bag of fudge, taffy, brittle and other goodies. Free Christmas tote bag with purchase of 3 fudge slices.

All Day:  Stop by The Original Murdick’s Fudge Shop, either location, to enter a daily drawing to win a free 5-slice gift box. Also, receive a free backpack with the purchase of a 5-slice gift box.

All Day: Ryba’s Fudge Shop Stop in at any of the Ryba’s Fudge shops and place your best guess at how many taffies are in the jar for a chance to win a Best of Ryba’s Goodie Box. One lucky winner will be drawn from each store on August 30th. The lucky “fudgies” will be posted on Ryba’s social media.

Ryba’s Mackinac Island Getaway Giveaway Ryba’s Fudge Shop is giving away a Mackinac Island Getaway for two! Trip includes One Night at Island House Hotel, Best of Ryba’s Gift Box, and $100 906 Rewards Gift Card. Register for the 906 Rewards Club online at 906rewards.com before September 7th when one lucky winner will be drawn at random. Must be 18 years old to enter. Registration is free however must include a valid email address and have an activated 906 Rewards account. The winner will be contacted via email to arrange for prize delivery.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Stop by Sanders Candies and spin the wheel of fudge fortune, everyone is a winner! Double your prize by posting a picture of you and your family having fun at Sanders facebook page.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm:  Fudge Demonstrations, see how the island’s sweetest treat is made in island fudge shops at Joann’s, Kilwin’s, May’s, Murdick’s, Ryba’s, and Sanders.

2:00 pm: Live Show on May’s Candy shop Facebook page, with a bird’s eye view of flipping fudge followed by a Q&A Session with 4th generation fudge maker Heather May.

3:10 pm: Island History Series: Mackinac’s Sweet Souvenir presented by Mackinac State Historic Parks in Mission Point Theater.

4:00 pm – 6:00pm: Glenn Allen & Karen Beacom ENCORE A special encore presentation by Glenn Allen and Karen Beacom will feature musical theatre hits by Rodgers & Hammerstein! Free to attend. Cash bar. Please note this is an outdoor event, held at the Promenade Deck at Mission Point Resort, and may be subject to cancellation in the case of inclement weather. Face masks and social distancing are required at this event.

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Stop by Sanders Candies and spin the wheel of fudge fortune, everyone is a winner! Double your prize by posting a picture of you and your family having fun at Sanders facebook page.

Specialty Cocktails

Mary’s Bistro Draught House – Ryba’s Fudge Infused Happy Hour 3:00pm – 4:00pm daily

Smokey Jose’s  – Mackinac Island Mint and Fudge Martini available daily

 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

All Day: Joann’s Fudge Enter a drawing for a gift bag of fudge, taffy, brittle and other goodies. Free Christmas tote bag with purchase of 3 fudge slices.

All Day:  Stop by The Original Murdick’s Fudge Shop, either location, to enter a daily drawing to win a free 5-slice gift box. Also, receive a free backpack with the purchase of a 5-slice gift box.

All Day: Ryba’s Fudge Shop Stop in and place your best guess at how many taffies are in the jar for a chance to win a Best of Ryba’s Goodie Box. Enter at any or all Ryba’s Fudge Shops. That’s three chances to win! One lucky winner will be drawn from each store on August 30th. The lucky “fudgies” will be posted on Ryba’s social media.

Ryba’s Mackinac Island Getaway Giveaway Ryba’s Fudge Shop is giving away a Mackinac Island Getaway for two! Trip includes One Night at Island House Hotel, Best of Ryba’s Gift Box, and $100 906 Rewards Gift Card. Register for the 906 Rewards Club online at 906rewards.com before September 7th when one lucky winner will be drawn at random. Must be 18 years old to enter. Registration is free however must include a valid email address and have an activated 906 Rewards account. The winner will be contacted via email to arrange for prize delivery.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Fudge themed scavenger hunt, throughout the downtown area, stop by the Tourism Bureau Information Booth.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Find Pete and Betty Beet Pete and Betty Beet are the mascots of the Michigan Sugar Company. There will be 12 pairs of “Beet’s” hidden by the Sugar Queen and her Court.  Pete and Betty will have a note attached encouraging the finder to take a photo and post the picture to social media using #MackinacFudgeFest and tag @Michigan Sugar Company.

10:00 am – 12:00pm:  Family Photos with Island Photos, Marquette Park.  Free family photos taken at the Peace Garden next to the Mackinac Art Museum. Rain Back up is at Station 256, above the State Park Visitors Center across from Marquette Park, enter by the restroom doors.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Stop by Sanders Candies and spin the wheel of fudge fortune, everyone is a winner! Double your prize by posting a picture of you and your family having fun at Sanders facebook page.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm:  Fudge Demonstrations, see how the island’s sweetest treat is made in island fudge shops at Joann’s, Kilwin’s, May’s, Murdick’s, Ryba’s, and Sanders.

12:00 pm:  May’s Fudge Festival Flavor Reveal! May’s will reveal a brand new flavor made exclusively for this year’s festival. Social Media Contest! Like and Share the picture of May’s Fudge Festival Flavor from their Facebook Page, and you will be entered to win 1 ½ pounds of fudge.  3 winners will be picked on Sunday at 5:00 pm.  Buy one slice of May’s Fudge Festival Flavor, get a free bag of peanut brittle.

2:00 pm: Live Show on May’s Candy shop Facebook page, with a bird’s eye view of flipping fudge followed by a Question and Answer Session with Heather May, 4th generation fudge maker.

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Stop by Sanders Candies and spin the wheel of fudge fortune, everyone is a winner! Double your prize by posting a picture of you and your family having fun at Sanders facebook page.

9:00 pm: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Outdoor Movie, Fort Mackinac, free admission, feel free to bring bag chairs, blankets and snacks! Rain Back up location is at Mission Point Theater.  The call will be made at 5:00 pm.

Specialty Cocktails

Mary’s Bistro Draught House – Ryba’s Fudge Infused Happy Hour 3:00pm – 4:00pm daily

Smokey Jose’s  – Mackinac Island Mint and Fudge Martini available daily

 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

All Day: Joann’s Fudge Enter a drawing for a gift bag of fudge, taffy, brittle and other goodies. Free Christmas tote bag with purchase of 3 fudge slices.

All Day:  May’s Candy Shop Social Media Contest!  Like and Share the picture of May’s Fudge Festival Flavor from their Facebook Page, and you will be entered to win 1 ½ pounds of fudge.  3 winners will be picked on Sunday at 5:00 pm.

All Day:  May’s Candy Shop, Buy one slice of May’s Fudge Festival Flavor, get a free bag of peanut brittle.

All Day:  Stop by The Original Murdick’s Fudge Shop, either location, to enter a daily drawing to win a free 5-slice gift box. Also, receive a free backpack with the purchase of a 5-slice gift box.

All Day: Ryba’s Fudge Shop Stop in and place your best guess at how many taffies are in the jar for a chance to win a Best of Ryba’s Goodie Box. Enter at any or all Ryba’s Fudge Shops. That’s three chances to win! One lucky winner will be drawn from each store on August 30th. The lucky “fudgies” will be posted on Ryba’s social media.

Ryba’s Mackinac Island Getaway Giveaway Ryba’s Fudge Shop is giving away a Mackinac Island Getaway for two! Trip includes One Night at Island House Hotel, Best of Ryba’s Gift Box, and $100 906 Rewards Gift Card. Register for the 906 Rewards Club online at 906rewards.com before September 7th when one lucky winner will be drawn at random. Must be 18 years old to enter. Registration is free however must include a valid email address and have an activated 906 Rewards account. The winner will be contacted via email to arrange for prize delivery.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Fudge themed scavenger hunt, throughout the downtown area, stop by the Tourism Bureau Information Booth for more information.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Stop by Sanders Candies and spin the wheel of fudge fortune, everyone is a winner! Double your prize by posting a picture of you and your family having fun at Sanders facebook page.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm:  Fudge Demonstrations, see how the island’s sweetest treat is made in island fudge shops at Joann’s, Kilwin’s, May’s, Murdick’s, Ryba’s, and Sanders.

11:00 am:  MI Sugar Queen will fire the cannon, Fort Mackinac.

11:00 am – Easy Like Sunday Morning Fudge Cruise with Mike Ridley. Purchase tickets online at www.sipnsailcruises.com

2:00 pm:  Live show on May’s Candy Shop Facebook page, with a bird’s eye view of flipping fudge.

Specialty Cocktails

Mary’s Bistro Draught House – Ryba’s Fudge Infused Happy Hour 3:00pm – 4:00pm daily

Smokey Jose’s  – Mackinac Island Mint and Fudge Martini available daily

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