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Bivver ‘til you shiver

The fifth annual Mid Winter Bivver will take place in Grand Falls-Windsor, Feb. 19-20, and tickets are available now. For more information, visit http://www.midwinterbivver.com.

Along with partners like Adventure Central Newfoundland, organizers have not only been busy planning the 2016 festival — being held Feb. 19-20 in beautiful Grand Falls-Windsor — but they also built a new website to help promote it, www.midwinterbivver.com.

On Friday, Feb. 19, the Friday Fun Run will take place from 1-4pm starting from IBEX Fuels on 46 Hardy Avenue. This event takes riders on trails that weave through majestic Exploits Valley. All Friday Fun Run participants will need a Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile trail pass, and three-day passes are available for those visiting from away.

One of the festival’s feature events, The Icebreaker, takes place on the evening of Feb. 19, from 7-9pm at the Grand Falls Golf Club, located just a few kilometres off the Trans Canada Highway heading west. The event features traditional Newfoundland hospitality, culinary delights, live entertainment, a bonfire and an awe-inspiring fireworks display. The James Beard Culinary team will be offering a delectable gourmet barbecue using Newfoundland products with a southern twist. Festival registration will take place at the golf club, and public transportation will be provided to guests taking part in the event.

Two events have been planned for Saturday, Feb. 20 — a high-end afternoon Trail Mix Interpretive Snowmobile Ride and an evening Forager’s Feast and Wine Pairing. The Trail Mix takes snowmobile riders on an adventurous 150-plus kilometre guided ride through untouched forests and top-rated snowmobiling to experience a mouthwatering gourmet lunch, paired with interpretation on historic trapping routes, food sourcing, geology and traditional winter skills. Executive Chef Roary MacPherson of the Sheridan Hotel and his exquisite culinary team will serve a delicious outdoor lunch right on the trail with an assortment of gourmet deserts.

Later in the evening, the Forager’s Feast will take place at 8:30pm at the Grand Falls Golf Course with special guests. Chef Roary and his team will once again provide unique culinary dishes, and participants will get an opportunity to taste select wines from around the world. A silent auction will be held during the event, along with live entertainment from local musicians, plus a lot of dancing. Bivver organizers have announced Newfoundland and Labrador’s own, Snook, will emcee the Forager’s Feast.  For more information on Snook’s participation, click here

Purchase tickets and stay up-to-date with all the latest Mid Winter Bivver news by visiting www.midwinterbivver.com