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Winter Blast offers discounts for Wings-Kings

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT -- The “Dine in the D” program returns to Detroit’s Winter Blast on February 7-10 with discounts available for more than 60 of the finest restaurants in Detroit. Festival-goers can download a coupon from to receive 15 to 25 percent off their entire meal from participating restaurants in the downtown area. 

"The 'Dine in the D' program brought incredible business into our restaurants last year,” said Matt Prentice, CEO of Matt Prentice Restaurant Group. “More than 5,000 diners came out to support Detroit area restaurants, and we are very excited about the potential for even more customers this year.”   

This free program kicks off a day early to offer sports fans an extra incentive to “Dine in the D” while supporting the 10-time Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Tickets for Thursday night’s Red Wings game against the Los Angeles Kings can be purchased for 25 percent off regular price by visiting either or

“The ‘Dine in the D’ program is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the many diverse restaurant options available in the City of Detroit,” said Jon Witz, event producer. “We are proud to launch this year’s program a day early in support of the Detroit Red Wings.”

A single visit to a “Dine in the D” restaurant during Winter Blast weekend also gives patrons the chance to enter to win dinner in Detroit for one full year. During a visit, customers can complete the bottom portion of their coupon and drop it in the “Dine in the D” collection box available at all participating restaurants to win more than 60 gift certificates, each with a value of at least $25.

Watch Winter Blast press conference with Christopher Ilitch 

Downtown Detroit will transform into a winter wonderland as Detroit’s Winter Blast returns to Campus Martius Park, Feb. 8-10. Festival-goers will enjoy a variety of fun winter family activities, dining, music and experiences.

This year, the Winter Blast will sport a new, condensed layout, but will bring back all of its signature winter programming and past favorites while adding many new attractions. 

“Despite our existing budget shortfall, we’ve gone above and beyond this year to make sure that Winter Blast still offers the best in outdoor entertaining,” Witz said. “Winter Blast is a celebration of the City of Detroit and the people of the metropolitan area.”

The most recent additions to the festival lineup include:

Winter Blast Red & White Pep Rally:
Visitors to the festival can join local high school color guards and flag corps in a pep rally to support the Detroit Red Wings at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 10.  Festival patrons wearing red and white clothing or Red Wings attire will be randomly selected and sent to a warm weather game to see their favorite hockey team in action.  Airfare is included!  Other lucky winners will receive many great prizes, including:

  • A trip to Jamaica to stay at a Couples Resorts property, including roundtrip air for the winner and a guest from Detroit to Montego Bay courtesy of Spirit Vacation, roundtrip airport transfers in Jamaica, and seven nights all-inclusive suite accommodations courtesy of Couples Resorts!  The winner can choose from any of four luxurious couples-only Couples Resorts properties in Jamaica. Winners also will enjoy all meals, drinks, entertainment, and other resort features. Register by visiting the WYCD-FM booth at Winter Blast.
  • An all-expense paid trip to see the Red Wings play the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on April 2 in Chicago. Trip includes two tickets to the game, a two-night stay in a Tower Suite at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago with breakfast served daily, and train transportation for the winner and a guest between Detroit and Chicago courtesy of Amtrak. Register by visiting the WCSX-FM radio booth at Winter Blast.
  • Little Caesars Hot-N-Ready ™ pizza for a year, including one pizza per week for one year. To win, register at the WCSX-FM booth at Winter Blast.
  • Two tickets to see the Red Wings versus the Ducks at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday, February 10 after the Pep Rally, including limo ride, dinner at the Legends Club, and tickets to the game. To win, register at the WRIF-FM booth. The Ducks knocked the Wings out of the Cup race last year … wait until they see the WINTER BLAST RED AND WHITE OUT.
Prize registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the respective radio station booths on Sunday, February 10. The rally takes place at 2 p.m. at Campus Martius Park. Winners will be drawn at 2:15 p.m. Visit for further prize information. Rules provided by respective radio stations. Patrons do not need to wear a Red Wings jersey to win. Must be 18 years or older.

Winter Wine Tasting: Held at Enoteca, the vibrant wine bar in downtown Detroit, libation aficionados can compare and contrast wines from South America, Italy and Australia.

Wine flights offered in conjunction with the festival include:

South America $ 9
2006 Calina Reserve Carmenere, Maule Valley
2005 Haras De Pirque Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate", Maipo Valley
2006 Paul Hobbs "El Felino" Malbec, Argentina: Mendoza

Italy $12
2006 Tormaresca Red, Puglia
2006 Antinori Santa Cristina Chianti, Toscana
2004 Masi Campofiorin Ripasso, Veneto
Australia $15
2006 Yalumba "Y Series" Shiraz-Viognier, Australia: South Australia
2005 Jim Barry "Cover Drive" Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra
2004 Rosemount Show Reserve GSM "Mclaren Vale"

New Meijer Family Fun Zone: Winter Blast is featuring its best line-up of children’s activities ever at the New Meijer Family Fun Zone.  Activities include sand art, face painting, a prize wheel, chance to win High School Musical on Ice tickets and an opportunity to enter your valentines name to win a $10 Meijer Gift Card.  A green screen photo station will allow festival patrons to take pictures in front of a winter themed backdrop. 

Make-a-Hat and Winter Blast Crafts: Make memorable souvenirs as parents and kids can create their own hats and little marshmallow caricatures on tiny sleds to commemorate this year’s Winter Blast. Entertainment on the Meijer stage include:
  • High School Musical Karaoke
  • Musical Spoon Fun by Spoonman
  • Radio Disney Detour
  • Rosco the Clown
  • A ventriloquist
  • Magic and juggling and much more
InsideOut Detroit Poetry Showcase/InsideOut Detroit Citywide Poets in Performance: Also at Spirit of the D, the Inside Out Detroit Poetry Showcase invites young creative lyrists, ages 12-23, to showoff their word skills. Performances starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

Winter Blast Film Festival: For the first time ever, independent filmmakers will have the opportunity to spotlight their films before Winter Blast patrons. The Winter Blast Film Festival celebrates Michigan filmmakers, as well as films about Michigan. The event will feature a variety of movies across an expansive number of genera, including documentary, feature, short, music video, animation and experimental. There also will be special appearances by select film writers and producers. 

Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival: For the first time ever, Winter Blast patrons will receive a two-day preview of the 2008 Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival (Movement 08’), featuring a few gems from Detroit’s thriving electronic music scene. A high-energy celebration that will showcase up-and-coming local DJs and producers, this sneak peek will bring yet another level of culture and fun to an already stellar event which highlights Detroit’s beautiful downtown atmosphere and entertainment assets.

Fastest Race Dogs: While watching the dog sledding exhibitions at Winter Blast, spectators should pay close attention this year as some of the fastest sled dogs will roar through the festival at full velocity. Avalanche Kennels, located in Indian River, Michigan, have trained and raced Alaskan Husky Pointer Crosses for the past 27 years, placing no less than third in every consecutive race since 2005. Sledder Jane Schram of Avalanche Kennels has won numerous races that rank her as a top dog sledding team, including the Drummond Island Siberian Husky Sled Dog Race (2000-07) and the Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race (2007). 

Plenty to see and do: Favorite winter-themed activities from previous years will be back for the public to enjoy. The entertainment districts will feature marshmallow roasting, ice skating, professional and amateur ice skating sponsored by Charter One Bank, snowboarding exhibitions, ice sculptures, dog sledding, snowshoeing and food from 20 restaurants and caterers. In addition, live music from more than 60 bands on four stages will compliment the special family-oriented activities. All Winter Blast concerts are free.

Snow Slide: Returning to the festival, the wildly popular 200-foot long Snow Slide and DTE Energy Comfort Zones that promises heat every 150-foot. In its second year, the Pure Michigan exhibit located in the Compuware Atrium, will again feature activities, tourism exhibits and talent from across the state.

Blast Pass: Activities for this year’s Winter Blast can’t be covered all in one day and the People Mover is back with a great offer: Purchase a “Blast Pass” and take unlimited rides on the Detroit People Mover to the festival for a special, low price of $3 from Friday, February 8 – 10. People mover stations are located steps from the Detroit Winter Blast stages, tents, activities and parking. Blast passes are available online only though Monday, February 4 at
For additional information on Detroit’s Winter Blast visit or call 313-963-8418.

Originally created as the backdrop for Super Bowl XL, Winter Blast attracted more than 200,000 people for its debut in 2005 and 1.2 million Detroiters and visitors during Super Bowl XL weekend in 2006.

Last year, the festival was attended by more than 450,000 people. Winter Blast is Detroit’s celebration of winter experiences, dining, music and family fun to be held in downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius from February 8-10.

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