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Mackinac Island Fudge Festival – August 24 – 26, 2018

Calling all Fudgies!!!

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 & Tasting
  • Delicious Food and Drink Fudge Pairings at Island Establishments
  • Willy Wonka Sitings
  • Family Games at Windermere Point
  • Fudge Egg Hunt

FRIDAY, August 24, 2018 Tentative

  • Mackinac Island Beer Tasting at Draught House: 3-5 p.m.
  • Murdick’s and JoAnne’s Fudge Martini’s at Pink Pony: 3-5 p.m.
  • Mary’s Bistro Fudge Dinner: 6-9 p.m.
  • Magic on Market Street…magician, music and kids games behind Stuart House on Market Street
  • Market Street Art Walk with Fudge Treats: 6-9 p.m.
  • Menu Specials in the Cudahy Chophouse and Fudge Themed Cocktails

SATURDAY, August 25, 2018 Tentative

  • Fudge Making Demonstrations at local Fudge Shops from 11:00am to 4:00pm
  • Family Games at Windermere Point 1:00pm
  • Free Concert: Three Men and a Tenor  3:00pm at Windermere Point
  • Free Concert: Three Men and a Tenor 8:00pm at Windermere Point
  • Murdick’s and JoAnne’s Fudge Martini’s at Pink Pony: 3-5 p.m.
  • Mary’s Bistro Fudge Dinner: 6-9 p.m.
  • Menu Specials in the Cudahy Chophouse and Fudge Themed Cocktails
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Outdoor Movie at Windermere Point 9:00pm

SUNDAY, August 26, 2018 Tentative

FUN-DAY FUDGE-DAY ON A SUNDAY AT WINDERMERE POINT

  • Children’s Chocolate Fudge Egg Hunt, 10:00am at Windermere Point
  • Fudge Making Demonstrations at local Fudge Shops from 11:00am to 4:00pm
  • Family Games at Windermere Point, 11:00am to 2:00pm
  • Great Turtle Slow Ride: 1 p.m.
  • Sugar Sack Relay Race: 1:30 p.m.
  • Mackinac Island Beer Tasting at Draught House: 2-6 p.m.

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

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Mackinac Island Fudge Festival – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)

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Fudge, heated in a copper kettle is poured onto the marble slab and allowed to cool and thicken at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island.
Carnel uses a long paddle to stir and smooth the fudge as it cools on the marble slab at Original Murdick's Fudge.
Aaron works the mixture around the table with a large paddle at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island
Carnel shapes the fudge into a long loaf to the delight of mesmerized audience inside the shop and outside the window at Original Murdick's Fudge.
Another pour of a fresh batch of Mackinac Island Fudge at Original Murdick's Fudge.
Original Murdick's Fudge
Aaron heats the fudge in the large copper kettle at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island.
Fudge begins to cool at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island.
This a a batch of penuche pecan fudge that Aaron is slicing in front of a audience of onlookers at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island.
A sign displaying the variety of flavors of fudge at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island.
The loaf of fudge is cut into slices ready to place in the display window at Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island.
A wide variety of slices of fudge at May's Candy Shop.
Slabs of fudge at Original Murdick's Fudge
Pouring a fresh batch of fudge at May's Candy Shop
Ryba's Fudge Shops
Ryba's Fudge Shops
Pink Pony Fudge Martini - Stop in the Pink Pony from 3-5pm Friday & Saturday for a specialty Pink Pony Fudge Martini! Serving this specialty beverage with Original Murdick's Fudge and Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island in honor of the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival this weekend!
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