Ice Festival returns to CUB

Students can enjoy free hot cocoa while watching live ice sculpting in front of the CUB.

From Staff Reports

Chefs and sculptors will turn blocks of ice into works of art for WSU Dining Services’ Ice Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in front of the Compton Union Building (CUB).

This is the festival’s second year, said Michael Weitz, assistant director of marketing and promotions for WSU Housing and Dining Services. The event began as a celebration for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. After last year’s success, Dining Services decided to recreate the festival this year.

“It was really fun and our customers enjoyed it, so we thought making it an annual event would be worthwhile for everyone,” Weitz said. For about three hours, students on Glenn Terrell Mall can stop and watch live ice sculpting. There will be guest sculptors sharing their work along with some familiar faces. Several chefs from Dining Services will participate in the event.

Weitz said WSU Executive Chef Steven Walk has been a “driving force” behind the festival, and his sculpting was popular with last year’s crowd.

Dining Services will provide free hot cocoa and Seattle’s Best Coffee. There will also be some free giveaways as “tokens of appreciation” for the WSU community, Weitz said.

“I really think … that people will come out and watch and enjoy Ice Festival for what it is: a small way for WSU Dining Services to say thank you to our customers and help chase away the winter blahs,” he said.

He said the festival will offer spectators the chance to get close to the artists and watch as the ice takes shape. Spectators can also talk with the sculptors and ask questions.

Everyone is welcome to stop by and watch the festival, Weitz said.

“When you mix giant blocks of ice with power tools, artistic chefs and sculptors, mix in some free cocoa and coffee you get fun,” he said. “That’s Ice Festival.”

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