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Port Jefferson to host new winter ice festival, mac-and-cheese crawl

Guinness World Record ice sculptor Richard Daly of

Guinness World Record ice sculptor Richard Daly of Mastic Beach. Credit: Marisol Diaz

There’s a lot of ice in the forecast for Port Jefferson.

The village’s Business Improvement District is sponsoring its first Ice Festival Feb. 8 and 9, during which a variety of ice carvings created by Guinness Book of World Record holder Richard Daly will be placed throughout the village to help create a winter wonderland experience.

The fest will offer some chilling interactive photo opportunities, such as sitting in a giant throne or posing with a large backlit sled. The village will also have marshmallow roasting, horse and carriage rides, an ice-skating demonstration, live music and raffles. Costumed characters inspired by Disney’s "Frozen” will also make appearances.

If rain cancels, the festival will take place Feb. 22-23.

Warming trend

Something tasty and warm is also planned. On Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. more than a dozen restaurants are organizing a Mac & Cheese Crawl to give patrons a sampling of the comfort food with a twist — but the cold truth is that the Mac & Cheese Crawl is already sold out.

Mayor Margot Garant says the first annual Ice Festival is expected to be "a great addition to our many other traditions." Roger Rutherford, president of the Business Improvement District, adds that the weekend is a chance to support the village's many small shops.

If rain cancels, the comfort food will be served on Feb. 22.

Port Jefferson Ice Festival

WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 8-9 throughout the village. Rain dates: Feb. 22-23.

INFO portjeffbid.com

ADMISSION Free

Mac & Cheese Crawl

WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 8 at participating Port Jefferson restaurants. Rain date: Feb. 22.

INFO portjeffbid.com

TICKETS $15 (advance purchase suggested)

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