2019 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.

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

  • Fudge Making Demonstrations & Tastings
  • Family Games at Windermere Point
  • Specialty Fudge Infused Cocktails
  • Fudge Egg Hunt
  • Fudge Ball
  • Concerts in the park
  • Cornhole Tournament – Register here
  • Wine Sampling & Fudge Pairing – Buy tickets here

Register for the 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament!

Whether you are a “Social” or “Competitive” Player this event is for you so join us on the Great Lawn at Mission Point Resort.

Two person teams, bring your own partner!
Social: $40/2-person team
Competitive: $50/2-person team

Total Purse: $2,500

FRIDAY, August 23, 2019

  • Daily: Joann’s Fudge Shops
    • Celebrating 50 years and grooving to 60’s music all weekend!
    • Enter to Win a monthly shipment of Joann’s Fudge for 1 year!
    • Fabulous Fudge Tie-Dye T-shirts for purchase
    • Free Tote Bag with purchase of 3 slices or more
    • Surprise Giveaway every hour on Friday and Saturday
  • Daily: Ryba’s Fudge Shops
    • Bingo Pick up your Ryba’s Fudge Bingo Card at any 906 Rewards Club location to play for the chance to win a Mackinac Island Getaway, all participants get a Fudgie pin or sticker while supplies last
    • Fudge Selfie Post your fudge selfie and tag Ryba’s Fudge Shops Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a Best of Ryba’s Gift Bag
    • Souvenir T-Shirt Mackinac Island Fudge Festival t-shirt sale while supplies last
  • Daily: May’s Fudge Shop Special Festival Flavor Banana’s Foster Fudge
  • Daily: Original Murdick’s Fudge Co
    • Be our Sweet Guest Celebrate 132 years with us and enjoy a free 1/2 lb. of Double Chocolate (Saturday only, for the first 132 guests)
    • Free Backpack with purchase of Fudge Festival Specials (Sweet Discounts)
    • Enter to Win at any Original Murdick’s Fudge stores for a chance to win a one-night stay at The Mackinac House, including boat tickets for four
    • Prizes of taffy, caramel corn and brittle throughout the weekend
  • 10:00 am – 9:00 pm: Pick up your punch card at Little Luxuries. Get your card punched at Little Luxuries, Canvas & Paddle and Artists Market for the chance to win a gift box valued at $150.
  • 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
  • 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Ryba’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Martini at Ice House BBQ & Bar at the Island House Hotel
  • 2:00 pm: Airlifter Brass Band at Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Ryba’s Fudge Infused Happy Hour at Mary’s Bistro Draught House
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Ryba’s Fudge Infused Happy Hour at Seabiscuit Cafe – Strawberries & Cream Martini infused with Ryba’s Vanilla Fudge; White Russian infused with Ryba’s Sea Salt Caramel Fudge
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:  Market Street Art Walk  Visit the art shops and businesses on Market Street.
  • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Ryba’s Chocolate Fudge Martini at 1852 Grill Room at the Island House Hotel
  • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Fudge Festival Ball at the Inn at Stonecliffe. Open bar, strolling food stations and desserts, live music by the Mike Davis Trio. Advance ticket purchase required, call 906-430-5588. Adult: $75/person, Child: $15/person

SATURDAY, August 24, 2019

  • Daily: Joann’s Fudge Shops
    • Celebrating 50 years and grooving to 60’s music all weekend!
    • Enter to Win a monthly shipment of Joann’s Fudge for 1 year!
    • Fabulous Fudge Tie-Dye T-shirts for purchase
    • Free Tote Bag with purchase of 3 slices or more
    • Surprise Giveaway every hour on Friday and Saturday
  • Daily: Ryba’s Fudge Shops
    • Bingo Pick up your Ryba’s Fudge Bingo Card at any 906 Rewards Club location to play for the chance to win a Mackinac Island Getaway, all participants get a Fudgie pin or sticker while supplies last
    • Fudge Selfie Post your fudge selfie and tag Ryba’s Fudge Shops Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a Best of Ryba’s Gift Bag
    • Souvenir T-Shirt Mackinac Island Fudge Festival t-shirt sale while supplies last
  • Daily: May’s Fudge Shop Special Festival Flavor Banana’s Foster Fudge
  • Daily: Original Murdick’s Fudge Co
    • Be our Sweet Guest Celebrate 132 years with us and enjoy a free 1/2 lb. of Double Chocolate (Saturday only, for the first 132 guests)
    • Free Backpack with purchase of Fudge Festival Specials (Sweet Discounts)
    • Enter to Win at any Original Murdick’s Fudge Stores for a chance to win a one-night stay at The Mackinac House, including boat tickets for four
    • Prizes of taffy, caramel corn and brittle throughout the weekend
  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Sanders Fudge Shop Roll the dice for a discount on fudge!
  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm: Cornhole Tournament on the Great Lawn at Mission Point. Registration starts at 11:00 am, bags fly at noon. Click HERE to register.
  • 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
  • 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Ryba’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Martini at Ice House BBQ & Bar at the Island House Hotel
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Monster Mural and Family Games at Windermere Point
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Free Workshop at Mackinac Art Museum Local indigenous artists will work with kids and adults to create a large painting out of dots. Fun for all ages.
  • 3:00 pm: Master vs. Apprentice: Confectioner Competition May’s Fudge Shop Master Confectioner, Heather May, will compete against an apprentice confectioner to create the best fudge flavor. Be a judge and decide who comes out on top!
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Ryba’s Fudge Infused Happy Hour at Mary’s Bistro Draught House
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Ryba’s Fudge Infused Happy Hour at Seabiscuit Cafe – Strawberries & Cream Martini infused with Ryba’s Vanilla Fudge; White Russian infused with Ryba’s Sea Salt Caramel Fudge
  • 4:30 pm:  Three Men and a Tenor Concert at Marquette Park, free concert. In case of rain, concert will be moved to Community Hall.
  • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Ryba’s Chocolate Fudge Martini at 1852 Grill Room at the Island House Hotel
  • 7:30 pm:  Three Men and a Tenor Concert at Marquette Park, free concert. In case of rain, concert will be moved to Community Hall.
  • 8:30 pm: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Outdoor movie, Marquette Park

SUNDAY, August 25, 2019

  • Daily: Joann’s Fudge Shops
    • Celebrating 50 years and grooving to 60’s music all weekend!
    • Enter to Win a monthly shipment of Joann’s Fudge for 1 year!
    • Fabulous Fudge Tie-Dye T-shirts for purchase
    • Free Tote Bag with purchase of 3 slices or more
  • Daily: Ryba’s Fudge Shops
    • Bingo Pick up your Ryba’s Fudge Bingo Card at any 906 Rewards Club location to play for the chance to win a Mackinac Island Getaway, all participants get a Fudgie pin or sticker while supplies last
    • Fudge Selfie Post your fudge selfie and tag Ryba’s Fudge Shops Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a Best of Ryba’s Gift Bag
    • Souvenir T-Shirt Mackinac Island Fudge Festival t-shirt sale while supplies last
  • Daily: May’s Fudge Shop Special Festival Flavor Banana’s Foster Fudge
  • Daily: Original Murdick’s Fudge Co.
    • Free Backpack with purchase of Fudge Festival Specials (Sweet Discounts)
    • Enter to Win at any Original Murdick’s Fudge Stores for a change to win a one-night stay at The Mackinac House, including boat tickets for four
    • Prizes of taffy, caramel corn and brittle throughout the weekend
  • 10:00 am:  Children’s Chocolate Fudge Egg Hunt at Marquette Park
  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Sanders Fudge Shop Roll the dice for a discount on fudge!
  • 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, Mackinac Island Confections12:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Ryba’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Martini at Ice House BBQ & Bar at the Island House Hotel
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Great Turtle Slow Bike Ride Contest and Sugar Sack Relay Race at Windermere Point
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Monster Mural and Family Games at Windermere Point
  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Fudge and Wine Pairing Come enjoy this delicious event aboard the docked Isle Royale Queen III (Sip n’ Sail Boat.) Wine from Great Lakes Wine, Black Star Farms, Modern Craft Winery and fudge from island shops. Live music. $15/person. Tickets available online at www.mynorthtickets.com.
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Ryba’s Fudge Infused Happy Hour at Mary’s Bistro Draught House
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Ryba’s Fudge Infused Happy Hour at Seabiscuit Cafe – Strawberries & Cream Martini infused with Ryba’s Vanilla Fudge; White Russian infused with Ryba’s Sea Salt Caramel Fudge
  • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Ryba’s Chocolate Fudge Martini at 1852 Grill Room at the Island House Hotel
  • 7:00 pm: Scenic Photo Hike with Heather May Begins at Mackinac Outfitters. Complimentary samples of fudge from May’s Fudge Shop.

 

Fudge-Inspired Specials Available throughout the Weekend:

SPECIALTY COCKTAILS:

1852 Grill Room at the Island House Hotel: Ryba’s Chocolate Fudge Martini

Cudahy Chophouse at Stonecliffe: Chocolate Martini

Gate House: Belvedere or Jameson Fudgie Snickers Martini and Our Great Turtle Milkshake

Horns Gaslight Bar: Adult Chocolate Milk Shot and What the Fudge Martini

Huron Pub: Pistachio Fudge White Russian

Ice House BBQ: Ryba’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Martini

Kingston Kitchen: Fudge Martini with Chocolate Covered Pineapple.

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

Pink Pony: Godiva & Fudge Martini

Round Island Bar: Channel Marker Old Fashioned made with fudge-infused High 5 Mackinac Island Rum.

Seabiscuit Café:  Strawberries & Cream Martini infused with Ryba’s Vanilla Fudge and a White Russian infused with Ryba’s Sea Salt Caramel Fudge

The Jockey Club: Mackinac Island Fudge Martini

Yankee Rebel: Hazelnut, Fudge, Frangelico, Kahlua, Bailey’s, Godiva Chocolate Martini

Winchester’s: Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Martini

Woods Restaurant: Mackinac Island Fudge Martini

 

FUDGE INSPIRED DINNER AND DESSERT SPECIALS

Grand Pecan Ball, Grand Hotel’s Signature Dessert, available at Woods Restaurant, The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand, and The Gate House

 Horns Gaslight Bar:  Chocolate Lava Cake

Round Island Bar & Grill at Mission Point: Mackinac Island Fudge Bananas Foster with fudge-infused High 5 Mackinac Island Rum

Winchesters: Beef Roulade, beef stuffed with mushrooms, cabbage and carrots with a mint mousse and dusted with cocoa

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