A Sweet Release
Poste: January 15, 2013
New Brunswick’s most anticipated new winter celebration announced its full schedule today. The Fredericton FROSTival will run January 25 to February 17 and includes four jam-packed weekends of the area's best outdoor festivals, events, and indoor cultural experiences.
Among the headlining events of the inaugural FROSTival, which is managed by Fredericton Tourism, are Winterfesthiver, the Shivering Songs Festival, Killarney Cup, Kingswood Youth Cup, Snowarama, and a host of events at Crabbe Mountain.
Already, ReadersDigest.ca has recognized FROSTival’s schedule as one of the 10 Coolest Winter Festivals in Canada.
"FROSTival is a partnership of new cultural offerings and existing major events led by Fredericton Tourism” says City of Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside. “There's a lot going on and it gives people a reason to visit. In future years, we hope even more events will choose these days to build up a critical mass of outdoor winter activity and cultural entertainment. We're thrilled at how things have come together this first year."
Fredericton FROSTival kicks off January 25th with the much anticipated Shivering Songs festival, Atlantic Canada’s best new music event. This first weekend also includes a full slate of cultural activities including a cool Gallery Hop, a hands-on edVentures Fredericton silk scarf making workshop, a new French film festival and more!
FROSTival’s second weekend, February 1 to 3 has a decidedly outdoor focus. It begins with New Brunswick’s top outdoor winter family festival; Winterfesthiver and includes two pond hockey tournaments: the Killarney Cup and Kingswood Youth Event. The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival will present their Mid Winter Blues Show and Crabbe Mountain will have its Winter Warmer Celebration. There will be an Old Fashioned Skating Party in Officers’ Square and a special Winter Heritage Walking Tour which will bring people downtown.
The fun continues on weekend #3 (February 8 – 10) with Crabbe Mountain’s speed week, Wostawea’s Cross-Country Skiing Loppet, Chinese New Year Celebrations, and the new Capital Culinary Challenge, a new foodie event with a celebrity guest chef David Garcelon, Head of Culinary at the world famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. There will also be skating parties, walking tours and more!
Looking for a romantic getaway? FROSTival will be celebrating Valentine’s Day both indoors and out with sweetheart skates, Crabbe Mountain’s Valenski, Cross-Country socials, and dinner shows at the Crowne Plaza & The Schnitzel Parlour. Picaroons, Canada’s award winning micro-brewery will offer a series of beer & chocolate pairings as well!
The Fredericton FROSTival wraps up with weekend #4 (February 15-17). Snowarama at Mactaquac Provincial Park, the beginning of a 3 week new documentary festival DOC TALKS and a day of celebrations in Officers’ Square for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 highlight some of the weekend’s fun.
“Through my experience with Winterfesthiver I’ve attended a number of quality winter events including Ottawa’s Winterlude” says John Antworth, Founder and President of Winterfest NB Inc and chair of the FROSTival partnership. “I’ve always felt that by working together, we could create the same excitement in winter in Fredericton. I know Fredericton has similar events, and, by developing a partnership, we can use our collective muscle to help promote each others’ events – giving us a critical mass of support for all involved”.
And it’s this critical mass that Fredericton Tourism is hoping will draw visitors from across the region to Fredericton explains Fredericton Tourism’s David Seabrook. “Studies show people will travel up to 4 hours for 16+ hours of programming. This winter tourism destination product will contribute to the growth and sustainability of winter tourism in the region, drawing people to the capital city”.
Several Fredericton restaurants will be offering culinary specials during FROSTival.
Fredericton is one of the liveliest outdoor spaces in Canada. FROSTival’s inviting people to come for a good time and celebrate winter in the provincial capital. Visit the FROSTival website (www.frostival.ca) for a complete listing of events.