March Maple Events
Sunday March 4 – Saturday March 24, 2018. March marks the start of spring and a sweet-tasting tradition. Join Essex Region Conservation as we celebrate Maple Syrup’s natural and cultural heritage in our community. We have a number of events on tap for the month hosted at the John R. Park Homestead.
Maple Syrup Festival
Sunday, March 4, 2018. 11 am to 4 pm
Wear your boots to Essex County’s premier Maple Syrup Festival. Taffy making on snow at: 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. Live music by award winning artist Ashley Moffat. Performances at 1 pm and 3:00 pm
$6/adult, $4/child, $20 family maximum.
Maple March Break for Families
Tuesday, March 13 and Friday, March 16. 1:30 pm sharp
Arrive early, dress warmly and wear boots. Families tour the site with a costumed guide and discover the sweet process of maple syrup and sugar making in the pioneer method. Help carry the sap using pails and a wooden yoke. Try your hand at the brace and bit drill. See the trees tapped and the sap evaporating. Learn the history of this sweet springtime treat as you help to make and taste maple sugar.
$6/adult, $4/child, $20/family
Tuesday, March 13. 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for an old-fashioned sugaring off party! Help collect sap and boil it down by moonlight. Make taffy on the snow, join in the barn dance, linger for star gazing and legends.
$15. Pre-registration required.
Maple Dinner Fundraiser
Saturday, March 24, 2018. 6 pm
Join us at Oxley Estate Winery for a maple-themed dinner. Proceeds from this event go towards the Essex Region Conservation Foundation for cultural heritage to protect and restore the John R. Park Homestead.
Enjoy delectable courses with a taste of maple at every step. Homestead interpreters will be on hand to teach about maple history in the region. Guests can also enjoy maple taffy with an outdoor demonstration by Oxley’s culinary staff.
To reserve a seat at the event, contact Oxley Estate at 519.738.3264.
John R. Park Homestead – 915 County Rd. 50, Essex