(Jessica Perez/MJ)

By JESSICA PEREZ, Managing Editor 

Friends and families flocked to Downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius Park last weekend for the 12th annual Meridian Winter Blast. The festivities began Friday and lasted through Sunday evening.

Visitors took full advantage of the spring-like weather, as the below-freezing temperatures during last year’s event encouraged many people to stay home.

(Jessica Perez/MJ)
(Jessica Perez/MJ)

The Campus Martius Rink offered free ice skating each day to Winter Blast attendees. Other attractions included the 30 foot high Meridian Winter Slide, the MetroPCS Zip Line over the city’s busy streets, and the new Bedrock Ice Bar, whose bar, tables, chairs, and drink carafes are sculpted from ice.

Detroit’s Food Truck Rally was another highlight of the weekend, with eats from local start-up restaurants and traveling cuisine. Hero or Villain Deli, Mercurio Food Specialties, Buffy’s Mexi-casian Grill, Nosh Pit and Shredderz are just a few of the food trucks that were featured.

Two main stages housed more than 50 local musicians, showcasing their talent to Metro Detroit. indie, folk, blues, reggae, hip-hop, and other artists provided an eclectic soundtrack to the town square all weekend long. The Bedrock Ice Bar also had its own stage Friday and Saturday night, with a DJ presented by Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival.

Several “Comfort Zones,” were located throughout the area. These heated pop-up tents provided a break from the outdoor activities, complete with music, coffee, and plenty of kids events.

This year’s Meridian Winter Blast was sponsored by Meridian Health Plan, Quicken Loans, Michigan Lottery, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Metro PCS and other Metro Detroit companies.