Collecting Sap from a Sugar Maple
It’s definitely that time of year! Yes, skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, etc., we know that. But it will also soon be maple sugar festival time, and one of the New England states that knows how to do it right is Connecticut. Whether you live in CT or are planning a visit, be sure to check out one of these maple sugar festivals – great fun for the entire family:
Maple Sugar Festival Weekend, Stamford – March 2 & 3, 2013
Join the Stamford Museum and Nature Center for their annual Maple Sugar Festival Weekend. The “little red sugarhouse” on Heckscher Farm welcomes you to learn and see how maple syrup is made, trees are tapped, and sap is collected. There’s fun for everyone with scavenger hunts, face painting, maple-themed craft making, and more. If you go on Saturday, watch Stamford’s local chefs concoct dishes using the farm’s own maple syrup, and then vote for your favorite. Sunday hosts their popular pancake brunch (11:00 AM to 2:00 PM; $5 additional fee). Festival Fees: $5, members; $10, non-members; free for Family Plus members and all children three years and younger.
Sweet Wind Farm, Hartland – March 9, 2013
Visit the farm for their 7th annual Maple Festival where you will see maple syrup, sugar-making, and tree tapping demonstrations, special slide shows and videos, learn how maple syrup and sugar is made, catch sugarhouse tours, attend a cooking and recipe class, taste free syrup samples, and let the kids enjoy story time. Note that if you want to participate in any of the outdoor events, be sure to wear or bring your boots! Free admission.
23rd Hebron Maple Festival – March 9 & 10, 2013
Here’s one maple sugar festival where the entire town celebrates, and each year, thousands of people from miles around come to join in on the festivities. What’s unique about the Hebron Maple Festival is that you can visit any participating sugar house, and, trust me, this festival is not lacking in activities and events – self-guided and special venue tours, special demonstrations, craft fairs, scavenger hunts, an ice cream eating contest (got to love that), face painting, silent auctions, and a wide variety of foods and treats bound to please anyone!
I’ve never been to a maple sugar festival but it sure does sound like a lot of fun! Just might have to put this on the calendar.