walters falls maplefest

Explore Grey County's 2018 Maple Syrup Festivals

Ahh the spring thaw; as much as Canadians love their winter fun, there are few among us who don’t enjoy spring and the promise of warmer, longer, sunnier days. Not only is warmer spring weather exciting, it’s also key to the production of one of our most treasured Canadian agricultural products: maple syrup.  Early in the spring the maple trees are still dormant but when temperatures rise above freezing during the day and drop back below freezing at night, the conditions are perfect for the sap to start running. This much-anticipated sap run is currently underway in Grey County and a full slate of maple syrup festivals kicks off this coming weekend.

Maple syrup festivals offer a great opportunity to get out and taste this spring tradition. The first festival of the season happens this weekend at Regal Point Elk Farm just outside Wiarton. The Maple Magic Festival runs on back-to-back weekends, March 17th and 18th and March 24th and 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This family festival raises funds for The Rotary Club of Wiarton. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, maple taffy on snow, maple cotton candy. After you’ve filled your belly, tour the Regal Point Elk Farm then conquer Mount Haymore, follow the tap line maze and search for hidden Wiarton Willies in the forest.

Grey Roots Museum and Archives hosts the Maple Sugar Moon Festival on March 17th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grey Roots invites you to experience the joy of maple! Explore Sacred Medicines and Mother Earth through teachings from M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre, listen to the Saugeen Trappers share stories of the first European hunters and trappers of Grey County, get moving with live music from Hugh and Wendi Hunter, taste some fresh maple taffy from DeJong Acres – free samples for children, enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast with maple syrup (cash only)! Bring the whole family and rejoice at this traditional rite of spring! Regular admission rates apply. FREE for Grey Roots members.

Walter's Falls Maple Fest will be on Saturday, April 7 from 8:30am until 1:30pm  at the Walter's Falls Community Centre.  This charming community event offers a pancake breakfast at a nominal fee of $9 for adults and $3 for children.  There will be musical entertainment, a local markeplace with honey, home baking, crafts, books and more!  You can also hitch a ride through the sugar bush.  For more information call Millie at 519-794-0824.

The historic 24th Annual Holstein Maplefest happens April 14th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 15th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Love’s Sugarbush near the village of Holstein. Don't miss the great breakfast in this 40-acre working sugar bush. There are many demonstrations for the kids—bee-keeping, birdfeeder building, log sawing, woodcarving, ice cream making, zip lining and more. Enjoy entertainment in the big tent including children’s face painting. Learn about different ways to make maple syrup and enjoy the Optimist Club’s all-day pancake breakfast.

The 9th Annual Kemble Maple Syrup Tour is on April 7th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the village of Kemble. Visit one or all of this year's tour stops to experience the unique methods of maple syrup production, from small-scale to commercial, used to make some of Canada’s finest maple syrup. While touring, get up close to friendly farm animals, stop by the Big Bay General Store for some old fashioned hospitality and treats, and of course enjoy our famous, homemade, maple-themed meal.

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