March Maple Events
Saturday, March 2 to Saturday, March 30
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. Don’t forget to visit our bilingual ‘Science of Maple’ exhibit, during your visit!
2019 Maple Syrup Festival NEW – Expanded to two days this year!
Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3
11am to 4pm
$6/adult, $4/child (ages 3-16), or $20 family maximum
Wear your boots to Essex County’s premier Maple Syrup Festival. Make maple taffy in the snow and see syrup being made the pioneer way. Pure, local maple products for sale.
This year’s festival will feature special themes each day!
Day 1 – Saturday, March 2nd – Lumberjacks Love Maple theme
The Homestead invites all visitors to don their best ‘lumberjack look’ – get out your plaid jackets and fuzzy toques for this first day of Maple Festival! This day will feature all of the old-fashioned favourites, including pioneer maple making demonstrations, hands-on activities for children, taffy making on snow, and demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodcarving, and more! Also featuring maple themed lunch from a local food truck and live music by Mike Houston and the Woodchoppers! New this year, on the Saturday, the Festival will also feature a Beard and Moustache Competition, a Maple Market, a Mini-Maple Makers’ activity for kids, and more!
Day 2 – Sunday, March 3rd – Mmm…..Maple theme
On day two of this sweet festival, the Homesteaders invite visitors to again enjoy all of the old-fashioned favourites (listed above), along with some new foodie-themed activities! New activities include: The Backyard Maple Makers’ competition (have your homemade syrup judged by the expert!); Special Guest: Jean Giffin – award-winning, local maple producer!; the Maple Market with special maple sweets for sale (maple cotton candy, maple taffy cones, and more); and Science of Maple talks with syrup tastings.
Maple March Break for Families
Tuesday, March 12 & Friday, March 15
$6/adult, $4/child (ages 3-16), $20 family maximum
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.
Tuesday, March 12
7 – 8:30pm
Join in an old-fashioned sugaring off party! In this unique, after-dark experience, help the Homesteaders collect maple sap from the trees and boil it down by moonlight. Make taffy on the snow, join in the barn dance, linger for maple legends, and more.
Venue: John R. Park Homestead
915 Essex Cty Rd 50
Essex, ON N0R 1G0 Canada