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Ice sculpting, food and fun at Oak Bay Village Spring Nosh on June 15

Taking place at 2020 Oak Bay Ave., the event highlights local talent plus sweet and savoury bites
Corey Pelan, of The Whole Beast at a past Oak Bay Village Spring Nosh. (Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay)

The Oak Bay Village Spring Nosh returns June 15 with family fun, ice sculpting, and of course, food.

Attendees to the event, which runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., can purchase a variety of bites while supporting local Oak Bay businesses. These include Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s mobile pizza oven, a barbecue with The Whole Beast, KulaPops created by 49 Below Ice Cream, sweet and savoury baked goods from Cobs Bread, Tapas on Oak, and Chef on the Run.

Beyond the food, there will be live music (including Los Gringos Locos), giant games and something cool in the summer heat: live-action ice sculpting to enjoy.

The four ice carvers are all professionals from Vancouver Island who have heated up the ice sculpting scene internationally.

Ken Harper, a pastry chef and teacher at Vancouver Island University, used his finesse with sugar and chocolate sculptures to excel in larger international ice sculpting events.

Aaron Grant is the owner of Cool as Ice, the only ice sculpture business operating on Vancouver Island.

Mike Dunlop, who was part of the culinary team at Chateau Victoria, Vista 18 and Clive’s Classic Lounge, is passionate about ice sculpting because of the glamour it adds to his events.

And lastly, Mike Richards, who has competed in Canada and the USA and won both gold and people’s choice awards in some competitions.

New this year to the market, Lazy Susan’s is hosting a Vintage Fair from 9:30 - 4 p.m. at 2039 Oak Bay Ave. with over a dozen guest vendors in attendance.

The Oak Bay Village Spring Nosh is a free event presented by the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association and Oak Bay Village businesses.

Details are posted at and on the Facebook page

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Sam Duerksen

About the Author: Sam Duerksen

Since moving to Victoria from Winnipeg in 2020, I’ve worked in communications for non-profits and arts organizations.
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