Explore Grey County's 2017 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 18th and 19th and March 25th and 26th 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 25th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This unique festival celebrates the Anishinabe tradition of making maple syrup. Take a wagon ride through Moreston Village, learn about maple syrup making, play aboriginal games, watch pioneer demonstrations and enjoy hot maple cider and the Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast. Regular museum admission rates apply and pancakes sold separately.
Walter's Falls Maple Fest is taking place on Saturday, April 1st from 9 a.m - 2:30 p.m. 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 23rd Annual Holstein Maplefest happens April 8th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 9th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Love’s Sugarbush near the village of Holstein. Take a horse-drawn wagon in to the festival and have a great breakfast in this 40-acre working sugar bush. There are many demonstrations for the kids—bee-keeping, birdfeeder building, log sawing, woodcarving and more. Enjoy entertainment in the big tent including children’s face painting. Learn about 6 different ways to make maple syrup and enjoy the Optimist Club’s all-day pancake breakfast. Kids eat for $5, a medium breakfast is $8 while the hungry man special is $10. Admission is $8 for adults and high school students while elementary school students are free.
The 8th Annual Kemble Maple Syrup Tour and Artisan Market runs April 8th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the village of Kemble. This festival gives you a first-hand view of maple syrup production from small-scale to commercial operations in the village of Kemble. Enjoy a maple-themed meal with pancakes, maple baked beans, maple shortbread and more, discover the work of local artisans and end the day with an evening of dancing with Scatter the Cats. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. Buy your tour passport to visit all 8 stops for $15 per adult, $10 per child or $40 for a family - breakfast is included! Children 5 and under are fee.