Blowing Rock’s WinterFest 2016: More Fire, More Ice

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. (December 2015) – WinterFest in Blowing Rock has always been about giving visitors reasons to celebrate rather than hibernate a month after the holidays end. And its always been about fire and ice, in their many forms: bonfires, chili cook-offs, s’mores and warm hospitality, contrasted by the icy Polar Plunge into Lake Chetola, ice carving demonstrations, skiing and the crisp, January cold of the High Country winter.

WinterFest 2016, which has been named a AAA “Top Pick” and a Top 20 Event by Southeastern Tourism Society, runs between Thursday, January 28 and Sunday, January 31. And the 18th annual celebration is adding new fire- and ice-themed events, including a firewalk demonstration on Saturday and expanded ice carving displays Friday and Saturday. On Friday, ice carvings will be placed throughout the downtown for an Ice Walk, and on Saturday there will be an ice carving competition among several culinary schools. For details, visit

In addition to the new events, activities include the Chilly Chili Cook-off, Polar Plunge, WinterFeast, events at BRAHM, Snowflake Parade, hayrides, bonfires, Shop ‘Til You Drop, WinterPaws dog show, Little Miss WinterFest, WinterFest Tasting & Charity Auction and WinterFashion show.  The fashion show will feature tips and conversation in an interactive, friendly and casual environment.

Blowing Rock is accessible from anywhere in the region, less than two hours from Charlotte and Greensboro, three hours from Knoxville and Raleigh and five hours from Atlanta and Charleston. A wide range of accommodations is available; visit for details.

For more information or ticket purchases, visit or call 877.295.7801. Blowing Rock WinterFest is organized by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and presented by Hendrick Northlake Luxury Auto Mall.winterfest_logo_2014


Hand Paddled Fudge at Kilwins

At Kilwins Ice Cream & Chocolates, we use the finest ingredients to make our hand paddled, Mackinac style fudge. Choose from 23 flavors made fresh daily on our marble tables right before your eyes! Can’t make up your mind? Be sure to ask for a free sample! Our fudge makes the perfect take home treat for your family! Don’t forget a little gift for the hostess, the baby-sitter, pet-sitter and teacher!

Kilwins Ice Cream and Chocolates   1103 Main Street  and at Tanger Shoppes  KilwinsFudge


Pot Roast Philly at Foggy Rock

FogRockMelt in your mouth slow-roasted  pot roast, carrots, onions,  American cheese on Foggy Rock’s signature hoagie roll and served with au jus and homemade crispy potato chips …can it get any better than that for comfort food?  Foggy Rock sells thousands of Philly Sandwiches each year.  This one feels like Sunday supper at Grandma’s but it’s available all weekend during WinterFest.

Foggy Rock 8180 Valley Blvd  Blowing Rock   828.295.7262


Meadowbrook Inn

Blowing Rock WinterFest Package

Meadowbrook  Inn is offering a WinterFest package that includes a discounted stay in a Deluxe King or Standard Double Queen room (rate includes southern-style breakfast buffet, wireless internet, indoor pool and fitness center access), bottle of house red wine (750 mL) and chocolate upon arrival. For more information or to make a reservation, visit





High Resolution Photos for Editorial Use

We have included several high resolution photos as well as the official logo for editorial use (only). If you would like additional photos or something specific, please contact Charles Hardin – Please attribute all photos “photo courtesy of Blowing Rock WinterFest.” Click on image below to view high res image. Right click on the image and “save as” to save to your computer.




WinterFest 2015 Tempts Travelers: “Don’t Hibernate. Celebrate!”

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BLOWING ROCK, N.C. (November 2014) – WinterFest in Blowing Rock brings together the elements of fire and ice, set in the winter beauty of one of Travel & Leisure magazine’s “prettiest winter towns.” Bonfires, toasted marshmallows, warm hospitality and the Chilly Chili Cook-off provide the fire, while the Polar Plunge, ice carving, winter temperatures and skiing/snowboarding provide the cold contrast. Musical accompaniment provided by several live concerts.

WinterFest, which has also been named a AAA “Top Pick” and a Top 20 Event by Southeastern Tourism Society, runs between Wednesday, January 21 and Sunday, January 25. Events and activities are designed to appeal to day-trippers and overnight guests alike, with family activities a major focus of the 17th annual celebration.

Events and activities include the Chilly Chili Cook-off, Polar Plunge, Small Plate Crawl, WinterFeast, hayrides, bonfires, Shop ‘Til You Drop, ice carving, WinterPaws dog show, concerts, Little Miss WinterFest, Wine Tasting & Charity Auction at Green Park Inn and the WinterFashion show. For a full schedule of events, visit

New or Notable in 2015:

  • Wednesday Through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.: High Country Small Plate Crawl. Grab a plate and sample some of the best bites in the area at dozens
    of independent restaurants that will create special small plate menus priced from $3.00 to $8.00. Lunch and dinner created by the restaurants’ chefs specifically for WinterFest. Crawl Passport required.
  • Friday, 11:00 a.m.: WinterFashion Show: The best of Blowing Rock’s clothing retailers showcase lunchtime guests their best winter and spring fashion and accessories. At The Meadowbrook Inn on Main Street. Cash bar available: $27.
  • Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Silent Auction & Raffle. Presented by Mountain Alliance at the Blowing Rock School cafeteria. Bid on many items, packages and gift certificates donated by local businesses. Items include lodging, spa packages, outdoor adventures, artwork and more. Proceeds support the efforts of Mountain Alliance (
  • Saturday, 2:00 p.m.: Wine Tasting & Charity Auction, Green Park Inn.Wines tasting followed by items up for auction, including wines, a Wine & Food Festival lodging package and more. $22 in advance; $27 at the door for wine; hors d’oeuvres additional. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Association

For more information or ticket purchases, visit or call 877.295.7801. Blowing Rock WinterFest is organized by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

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For information: Billie Rogers, Events Director | Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce | 828.295.7851 |  <a href=””></a>