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They Came. They Saw. They Chainsawed.

Oh yes they did! Hard to believe it was already one year ago when I attended the first of these events, and now I’m so excited it’s coming back for round two on December 16.  What I’m referring to is Rosen Plaza’s Iced Out holiday event wherein local top chefs put their chainsaw skills to the test, battling each other (not to mention the Florida weather. . .) by creating amazing sculptures out of huge blocks of ice.  With a chainsaw.  Poolside, at the Rosen Plaza.  Now you see why the weather plays a part in this?  Even on a cool night carving an ice sculpture outside can be tricky!

Hard to believe these guys have to wear a jacket while creating a poolside masterpiece but after all, it is ICE! Only in Florida!

Hard to believe these guys have to wear a jacket while creating a poolside masterpiece but after all, it is ICE.  Only in Florida!

 

Tools of the trade. The ice carving trade, that is.

Tools of the trade. The ice carving trade, that is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you look closely you can see Chef with a chainsaw working away on this beauty from behind.

If you look closely you can see Chef with a chainsaw working away on this beauty from behind.

And yes, it would normally be a total disaster having chainsaws suddenly appear poolside at a tourist hotel  – yikes!  But this event is safe and fun, entertaining, and very, very family friendly.  Plus it’s free, as in FREE.

Yup.  Free, as in no admission charge, and even self parking is complimentary.  Of course, there will be festive food and beverages offered at individual pricing, but seriously if you just want to sit poolside and enjoy both the chainsaw action and the “chill” music, by all means park yourself on a lounge chair and pretend like you’re close to the North Pole – only you’re wearing flip plops and shorts – while the guys on the other side of the pool are using chainsaws to make beautiful artwork out of seriously big chunks of ice.  By the way, each ice block weighs around 200 pounds at the start, and due to those consistent Florida temps, the Chefs have about 4 hours from start to finish before that ice goes bye-bye (and possibly ends up in one giant Frosty the Snowman slushy?)

December 16, 2018, 6-8PMRosen Plaza Hotel, International Drive.  Be there for all the chainsaw action!

Frozen Fish, anyone?

Frozen Fish, anyone?

I think I saw an Angel from the North Pole!

I think I saw an Angel from the North Pole!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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