2015 Meridian Winter Blast February 6-8
2015 MERIDIAN WINTER BLAST PRESENTED BY QUICKEN LOANS BRINGS “THRILLS” AND A WARM UP OF “CHILLS” TO DOWNTOWN DETROIT, FEBRUARY 6-8
Fun and excitement take center stage as the Snow Slide returns thanks to generous title sponsor, Meridian Health Plan; plus zip lining on Woodward and special Tim Hortons’ “Warm Up” with free coffee and hot chocolate!
DETROIT, Jan. 22, 2015 – Detroit’s premier winter festival, Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans returns to Campus Martius Park, Friday, February 6 – Sunday, February 8.
The wildly popular Snow Slide returns courtesy of Meridian Health Plan and the Bedrock Zip Line Adventure makes its debut on Woodward Avenue, putting the thrill into the downtown winter chill at the 11th annual festival!
Guests will also enjoy marshmallow roasting, a weekend of free ice skating, a variety of food choices, live music and plenty of other “cool” winter activities.
Meridian Winter Blast hours are Friday 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. –11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
AN “EVEN-ODD” FREE WARM UP WITH TIM HORTONS
All festival goers will be able to get something for FREE courtesy of Meridian Winter Blast’s new event partner as they “Warm Up with Tim Hortons.”
Complimentary hot chocolate and regular coffee sampling will take place each afternoon, with hot chocolate served for free at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and coffee on the odd hours of 1p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
More than 2,500 free cups of warm beverages will be available each hour on a first-come, first-served basis inside of two Tim Hortons Comfort Zones.
KIDS STAGE, SCIENCE PROGRAM AND MORE
All family fun and activities will unfold inside the Compuware lobby.
New this year is the science-themed “Winter Fun Lab” presented by the General Motors Foundation.
Organized by Meridian Winter Blast and The Michigan Science Center, activities will include “Frostology,” LIVE dramatic demonstrations on the Kids Stage of how different materials react to extremely low temperatures; hands-on activity stations with slime; science of sound; static electricity demonstrations; and more, with giveaway offers including family four-packs to the Michigan Science Center.
FLAGSTAR BANK SPIRIT OF DETROIT CONTEST
Flagstar Bank is providing a brand new opportunity to win some downtown winter fun with the Spirit of Detroit Contest. One lucky winner will receive a prize package of Detroit delights including a two-night stay at the Westin Book Cadillac, four tickets to see a Detroit Red Wings regular season home game, a dinner certificate for four at
Santorini and Fountain Bistro and a party for 20 at Bookies Bar & Grille.
Contestants can enter online at www.winterblast.com or in person during the Meridian Winter Blast at any of the festival information booths.
Rules and information are available at www.winterblast.com
MERIDIAN WINTER BLAST INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES
It’s all fun and games at the Meridian Winter Blast – free fun!
Festival patrons can ice skate for free at Campus Martius Park for the entire festival weekend courtesy of St. John Providence Health System.
Once again, Meridian Winter Blast is the only weekend all year long when visitors can skate for free.
Attendees can also watch live skating demos at the Skating Exhibitions presented by WH Canon from synchronized ice-skating teams to up-and-coming couples.
Five distinct ice skating clubs, including the legendary Detroit Skating Club, will perform and entertain crowds at Campus Martius Park throughout the entire weekend.
The hockey competition is back: the Meridian Winter Blast is once again challenging festival goers with a Hockey Shot competition, presented by Great Expressions Dental Centers.
Throughout the weekend, attendees will have a chance to shoot and score cool prizes from Great Expressions, the Meridian Winter Blast and Detroit Red Wings.
The grand prize winner will get a choice of a free set of braces or a dental care package from Great Expressions Dental Centers valued at $5000.
Each person who participates in the competition, taking place on the ice rink on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., will receive a GEDC t-shirt and smile bag for all their mouth-care needs.
Warm up with your family at one of the many roasting stations situated throughout the festival.
For a toasty treat, marshmallow and s’more kits will be available for purchase.
MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
Meridian Winter Blast is pleased to announce its best ever music lineup on three different stages.
The voices and beat of music from many genres, including country, rock, blues, pop, acoustic, Americana, funk and soul, will resonate from three stages located in the Compuware Lobby and throughout the festival in the Tim Hortons Comfort Zones, which provide a warm and cozy environment for listening enjoyment.
Popular bands slated to perform are The Reefermen, Stone Clover, and Orbitsuns along with Detroit jazz legend Thornetta Davis.
Also scheduled to take the stage is the Pop R&B group Hot Sauce, high energy band Persuasion, Ska band 1592, and many others.
CHOW DOWN AND THAW OUT WITH GREAT TASTES
A wide variety of tummy-warming foods and thirst-quenching drinks will be featured from local restaurants, eateries and caterers at locations throughout the Meridian Winter Blast grounds.
FESTIVAL ADMISSION AND CHARITABLE GIVING
For the sixth consecutive year, Meridian Winter Blast has teamed with Matrix Human Services to help those in need during the winter.
Admission to the 2015 Meridian Winter Blast is $2, three canned goods/non-perishable items or a children’s book, which will go toward helping to fight hunger in metro Detroit and continue the festival’s commitment to fostering literacy.
Festival hours are Friday 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m –11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
For additional information, visit www.winterblast.com or call (248) 541-7550.