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2015 Vermont Maple Festivals and Events

It is that time of year once again. Nighttime temperatures are still cold but daytime temp’s are flirting with or going above freezing, and in New England that means one thing – the maple sap run. Yes, once again maple sugaring season is upon us. As with any great annual New England tradition, there are plenty of festivals to go along with the annual sap run to celebrate the season.

We start in Vermont with our annual roundup of festivals celebrating maple sugaring season…

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2014 New England Maple Festivals and Events

Winter still has us in its icy grasp and spring does not “officially” start for another couple of weeks… But nothing holds out hope for the new season like the annual sap run and maple sugaring. An important part of New England history, the region’s sugar houses will start firing up in March. To celebrate this season there are a host of wonderful festivals and events celebrating all things maple.

Connecticut Maple Festivals and Events

Maine Maple Festivals and Events

Massachusetts Maple Festivals and Events

New Hampshire Maple Festivals and Events

Vermont Maple Festivals and Events

Picture credits: The picture of maple syrup production is by M. Rehemtulla and is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Maple Sugar Madness at Prescott Farm in Laconia, NH

This is the first in a series of posts about the upcoming maple sugaring season. Yes, we are getting close to that time of year when daytime temperatures go above freezing and nighttime temp’s go below causing the maple sap to run and bringing on the annual onset of maple sugaring season.

Picture Inside a Maple Sugar HouseOur first event to highlight is Maple Sugar Madness at Prescott Farm in Laconia, NH. On Saturdays from March 1 through March 29, 2014 Prescott Farm will teach you all about the process of obtaining the sap and creating maple syrup. Some of the specific things that this program will teach you include:

  • Tree identification skills
  • How to find an appropriate tree using measuring tools
  • How to tap a tree using historical and modern tools
  • The history of maple sugaring
  • The science behind the boiling process

As part of the program there will be a 20 minute hike to their sugar house. The programs will be an hour and a half in duration and will commence at 10 AM, Noon, and 2 PM. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (603)366-5695(603)366-5695.

What a great way to connect with an age-old New England Tradition.

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Maine Maple Festivals and Events

Picture of a Maple Sugar Tap and Bucket in a TreeThe state may be known for its blueberries, but Maine still produces its fair share of maple syrup. As with the other New England states, the people of Maine also celebrate the golden liquid with a couple of festivals coming up in March:

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Maple Sugar Festivals and Events in New Hampshire

Picture of Collecting Maple SapNo stranger to maple syrup, New Hampshire will be celebrating maple sugaring season with a statewide event as well as many individual events. Maple festivals and events in New Hampshire for 2013 include:

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Massachusetts Maple Sugar Festivals

Picture of Processing Maple Syrup

Boiling and skimming sap during Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village

With March upon us maple sugaring season is gearing up. Massachusetts is no stranger to maple sugaring and has many wonderful events to celebrate the season. Below you will find the major maple sugar festivals and events throughout the Commonwealth.

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Vermont Maple Sugar Festivals

Picture of a Maple Sugar Tap and Bucket in a TreeMarch is just around the corner and the sap should start running in the Sugar Maples soon. Yes, as New England as chowder, maple sugaring season is upon us once again. What better place to celebrate this sweet time of year than in the maple capital of the United States – Vermont. Vermont has many maple festivals on tap starting in March. Only fitting for a state where maple sugar is such an important product, Vermont does not finish celebrating the golden liquid until the Big E in September.

  • March 8 and 9, 2013: Maple Sugar Festival presented by the Lake Champlain Squares at the Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington, VT
  • March 23 to March 24, 2013: Maple Open House Weekend – visit participating sugar houses throughout the state.
  • march 23 and 24, 2013: Maple Festival at Whitingham VT
  • April 26 to April 28, 2013: Vermont Maple Festival in St. Albans, VT
  • July 25 to July 27, 2013: Maplerama hosted by the Orleans County Maple Producers and held at the Jay Peak Resort in Jay, VT
  • September 13 to September 29, 2013: Vermont Maple at The Big E in West Springfield, MA
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Maple Sugar Festivals in Connecticut

Picture of Collecting Sap from a Sugar Maple

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.

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Upcoming 2012 New England Maple Festivals

As we move into March maple sugaring season is upon us. With that come the annual maple festivals, weekends and more celebrating maple sugaring and maple products. Following are the major events for 2012:

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New Hampshire Maple Weekend 2012

Picture of a New Hampshire Sugarhouse

New Hampshire Sugarhouse

Thank you to the folks at the Lakes Region Tourism Association for bringing this to our attention.

If you are planning a visit to the Lakes Region during maple sugaring season you might want to consider doing so during New Hampshire Maple Weekend 2012. New Hampshire Maple Weekend 2012 is scheduled for March 24-25 – an ideal time to learn more about this special Granite State industry. Whether you are looking for a weekend-long education experience or would prefer to discover your own sugar shacks in the region throughout the season, a getaway inspired by maple is the perfect way to see the Lakes Region at this time of year. For more information on accommodations during maple sugaring season, visit the Lakes Region Tourism Association’s Where to Stay page.

But you do not need to limit your visit to that one weekend, sugaring season in New Hampshire typically lasts from February to April – though weather may increase or decrease the length of the season each year. In New Hampshire, around 90,000 gallons of maple syrup are produced each year, according to the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association. Maple is also used in other original products, such as maple candies, creams, sugars, barbecue sauce and baked goods, among others.

For more on New England’s Maple Syrup producers see New England Maple Syrup Producers / Sugarhouses.

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