Brisk winter winds brush past and send a chill from head to toe as the snow falls in the Blue Ridge Mountains. What’s the best way to stay warm? Fight chilly with chili! And the annual Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival is YOUR perfect opportunity to try local food and brews while enjoying the fresh mountain air this February.
Along with tasty chili samples, a thrilling competition, and warming beer, this mountain festival in North Georgia features live entertainment with local talent and features one of the largest ice sculpture displays in the country! Plan your winter Blue Ridge, GA, vacation and experience a unique event that welcomes families and friends to make memories together.
If you’re the sort of person who loves to sample different foods in one go, this is the Blue Ridge festival for YOU! The Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff features local and prize-winning chefs who’ve worked hard to perfect their best chili recipe for this fierce competition.
A tasting card is only $10, so you can try loads of chili at a fraction of the cost! Plus, you get to make an impact on the Peoples’ Choice Award by casting your vote after sampling dozens of flavor-packed chilis. Chili cookoff winners will get a lofty cash prize when the awards are presented at 3:00 p.m.
Not interested in trying all the chilis? Opt for food and drink tickets instead — at $5 each.
What makes this chili cookoff in Blue Ridge a unique experience? Well, if the Fire comes from chili, then the Ice comes from ice sculpting! Yep, there will be professional ice carvers wielding their chainsaws and specialty carving equipment to create beautiful ice sculptures for the event.
You’ll see live ice carving demonstrations, and sculptors can even carve your kids’ names into ice or help them create their own ice masterpieces! Another cool way to participate in the Fire & Ice Festival is to snap a family picture with your faces pressed into a bear cut-out made entirely from ice…neat is an understatement.
You know, a mountain festival in Blue Ridge, GA, without live entertainment wouldn’t be a mountain festival at all. The Fire & Ice Chilli Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival doesn’t disappoint — with local artists and guest entertainers! Family-friendly music plays throughout the day, and you can dance and sing along at the train depot on Depot Street.
An event feature introduced only a few years ago, you can now find locally crafted beers from breweries in the area at the Fire & Ice Festival in Blue Ridge! From ales, IPAs, and sours to stouts, lagers, and hybrids, slim pickin’s of craft brews isn’t a thing in the North Georgia Mountains.
February 19, 2022 (Saturday)
Open: noon – 4:00 p.m.
FREE to enter!
Food & Drink Ticket: $5
Chili Tasting Card: $10
Georgia Cabins for YOU
Stay extra cozy by a crackling fireplace with rounds of hot cocoa or glasses of wine at your cabin rental in North Georgia. At Georgia Cabins for YOU, you’ll have a variety of cabin rentals to choose from to suit your family vacation, getaway with friends, or group reunion.
The top of our amenity list includes steamy hot tubs, stunning mountain views, outdoor lounges, firepits, king suites, spa-like jetted tubs indoors, game rooms, wet bars, theaters, full kitchens, grills, and complimentary Wi-Fi. You’ll also have a starter kit with vacay essentials, 1 towel set per guest, and any local deals we can muster up for YOU!
Winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains invites YOU to book your memorable mountain retreat and check out the Fire & Ice Festival!