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BCC to Participate in Mount Holly's Fire & Ice Festival Saturday, Jan. 31

Fire and Ice Festival

Burlington County College (BCC) will proudly feature celebrity chef Eddie Berner raising funds for student scholarships, a team of students entering a chili competition and tours of its Culinary Arts Center in support and sponsorship of the 2015 Fire & Ice Festival in historic downtown Mount Holly on Saturday, Jan. 31.  

“Burlington County College is proud to have a strong presence in Mount Holly and we consider ourselves friends and neighbors to the entire community,” BCC Interim President Dr. David Spang said. “We are grateful for Mr. Berner’s generous offer to raise money for student scholarships and are eager to showcase the talents within Burlington County College’s culinary program and our beautiful Culinary Arts Center.”

Fire & Ice, a combination chili contest and ice-carving festival, occurs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout downtown Mount Holly. More information can be found at www.fireandicefestival.com.

Berner, former guitarist of the 1980s band A Flock of Seagulls and now a professional chef with his Rockin’ Road Grill RV, will do a chili demonstration at noon in the Culinary Arts Center. Seats are limited, first come, first served with a minimum donation of $5 to the BCC Foundation, which will benefit culinary arts students at BCC.

“I’m happy to support the local community, particularly education,” Berner said. “I hope my show can add a little extra spice to an extraordinary event. We’re going to take a look at the history of chili while I prepare a batch featuring hand-crafted Blackwoods Signature Sauces.”

Culinary Arts Director Elizabeth Dinice and her staff will provide tours of the Culinary Arts Center while a team of their students participates in the chili competition outside.

“The Burlington County College Culinary Arts Center features two professional kitchens, a student-run restaurant and a culinary television studio that help us prepare outstanding chefs who work in professional kitchens throughout the world,” Dinice said. “Our students are professional caliber and I expect they will be a popular addition to the chili contest.”

The center will also host a gingerbread contest and demonstration tables by community organizations, including the college, as part of the event. BCC ambassadors will be present to answer questions about the many programs the college offers.

“Fire & Ice is one of the best events of the year for downtown Mount Holly and we are excited to welcome Burlington County College’s support and contributions of this event,” said Kim Burkus, president of Main Street Mount Holly on behalf of the Fire & Ice Committee.