GREEKTOWN CASINO TASTE OF DETROIT
Featured will be a wide variety of foods and drinks from favorite restaurants, eateries and caterers to warm up and satisfy everyone’s taste buds. New to the line up this year will be: Bagger Dave’s, famous for its artisan style burgers and fresh-cut potato fries; Prime 29 Steakhouse, an award winning restaurant that will offer an assortment of fine dining cuisine; and Oye Crepe, known for its flavorful crepes, will offer its French cuisine with an American twist. Other restaurants returning are: Santorini Estiatorio, famous for its freshly prepared Greek inspired fare; Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse; Jackson’s Five Star Catering; Olga’s Kitchen; LaFeast; Bearclaw Coffee Co. and several more.
SPEND A NIGHT IN THE CITY
With all of the excitement of Winter Blast festivities, why go home? Organizers are offering festival patrons the opportunity to “Spend the Night in the City” at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel Detroit at special Winter Blast, discounted weekend rates. Located just two blocks from all the Winter Blast excitement; the iconic Westin Book Cadillac provides a warm and refreshing retreat after a long day of festivities. In addition to the convenience of a mini-vacation downtown, the hotel indulges the senses with amenities such as contemporary rooms, flat screen TVs, guest room services, valet parking, indoor pool fitness center and spa. The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel stays are $139 and include complimentary overnight valet parking for one car. Festivalgoers must book by January 31, 2014 to receive this special rate.
MEIJER STAGE, WINTER BLAST OFF AND MORE FOR THE KIDS
All family fun and activities will unfold on the Meijer Stage inside the Compuware Lobby. Radio Disney Detroit, part of the No. 1 radio network for kids, tweens and families, joins the fun with Children’s Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) from 12 – 3 p.m. February 8 and 9. The Radio Disney Junior Road Crew will be on-site with interactive entertainment themes around the hit Disney Junior series "Doc McStuffins," including a stuffed animal and toy check-up station where kids can check their toys' height, reflexes and heart beat. Additionally, kids and families are invited to play games such as "Name That Disney Junior Song," "Name That Doc McStuffins Character" and more.
Returning is the Winter Blast Off, presented by the GM Foundation. The science-themed program has expanded and will be located in the Cadillac Square Tent in Campus Martius Park. Organized by Meridian Winter Blast and Michigan Vendor Mad Science, activities that will be offered to festivalgoers include a Fire & Ice Show and hands-on science fun stations with slime, a color-changing lab, bubbling potions and science trivia.
FESTIVAL ADMISSION AND CHARITABLE GIVING
For the fifth consecutive year, Winter Blast has teamed with Matrix Human Services to help those in need during the winter. Admission to the 2014 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.
The return of Winter Blast is made possible with the generous support of many corporate citizens, including Airea, Allied Marketing, American Laser Skincare, Buick, Compuware, DEGC, Detroit DDA, Detroit Medical Center, Flagstar Bank, General Motors Foundation, Girl Scouts, Great Lakes Beverage, Great Expressions, GalaxE.Solutions, Greektown Casino & Hotel, Honigman Miller, Huron-Clinton Metroparks, Ilitch Holdings, M-1 Studios, Made in Detroit, Marketing Associates, Meijer, Meridian Health Plan, MetroPCS, Michigan Lottery, Olga's Kitchen, Pepsi, Quicken Loans, Redico, Shanty Creek, St. John Providence Health System, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, University of Phoenix, Urbane Media, Westin Book Cadillac and many more.
Winter Blast is Detroit’s celebration of winter experiences, dining, music and family fun to be held in downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius from, Friday, Feb. 7 - Sunday, Feb. 9. Originally created as the backdrop for Super Bowl XL, the festival attracted more than 75,000 people last year. Festivals hours areFriday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.For additional public information, visit www.winterblast.com or call (313) 963-8418.