Join us in Vermont year round as we celebrate and share the joy of Vermont Maple with friends, family and visitors at one of our many Maple fairs, festivals and events.
Subscribe to our calendar and hear about where the Maple fun is every day!
April 2014 – October 2016
Join us the for 48th Annual Vermont Maple Festival on April 25-27, 2014. During the Maple Festival, visitors flock from throughout the United States, as well as other countries, to downtown St. Albans for maple treats, maple learning, and maple fun at the end of The Maple Season in Vermont.
Much of the event is without cost and handicapped accessible. Attractions include the Exhibit Hall, Main Street Entertainment Stage, Crafts, Specialty Foods, Youth Talent Show, Antique Show and Sale, and Fiddlers’ Variety Show, Carnival, Sugarhouse Tours, Pancake Breakfasts, a Sap Run Road Race, Cooking Demonstrations and Contests, Face Painting for the children, Giant Parade, Maple Creemees, Maple Sugar-on-Snow, Maple Cotton Candy, and much more. Find the fun at vermontmaplefestival.org.
Come celebrate the changing seasons with Maple Producers and Regional Farmers! This is a community event, free and open to the public at the Stroll’s new home – the River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro.
- The grades of maple syrup are being renamed to provide the general public with a little more clarity on what each grade is best suited. The new names are based on their color so come SEE, and then taste the differences thanks to Hidden Springs Maple!
- Bascom Family Farms will be providing a rich history of maple sugaring in the area with artifacts from the late 1890′s and early 1900′s.
- Then talk to your modern maple producers like Robb Family Farm or Harlow’s Sugar House to get a feel for how things have changed!
- Your Brattleboro CO-OP will be demonstrating how to use maple as an everyday ingredient in your pantry.
- Check out locally made products that use maple as a sweetener:Coddle & Cosset Truffles, True North Granola, O So Fine Gluten Free. Wash it all down with a pickle from Randy atMountain Mowing Farm!
- What kind of a Maple Fest would be complete without pancakes?Green Mountain Flour will be on hand to make that a reality!
- Don’t have a big sweet tooth? Varee’s Thai Kitchen can cook up your Saturday lunch while listening to local musicians Bada Raga – Classical Indian Music with a Vermont Twist! Later in the day we will be joined by Franz Robert and Friends playing experimental jazz!
- Stop by the table of Brattleboro Time Trade – we know you have been thinking about it, now is a great time to get those questions answered
- Over 21? Whistle Pig Whiskey, a Vermont local spirits producer will be showcasing their products – enjoy responsibly
- Jen Swanson of Studio Main will be offering great Mothers Day items including soaps, lotions, and “mud” masks! Be sure to show the women in your life how much you love them with a thoughtful gift!
The 2014 Vermont Maplerama will be held in Franklin County Vermont on July 24-26 at the Franklin County Field days.
It will be a full weekend! 14 tours have been scheduled, great food – cookouts and entertainment! For more information please visit the Official 2014 Maplerama site.
Thursday – July 24 at Franklin County Field Days – Highgate VT
3:00-8:00 PM Registration
5:00-7:00 PM Appetizers – Bar Open
4:00-8:00 PM Trade Show
Friday – July 25 at Franklin County Field Days – Highgate, VT
6:30-8:00 AM Registration Trade show
6:30-7:30 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM – 4:45 PM Tours
5:00 – 6:00 PM Social Hour Trade Show
6:00-7:00 PM Dinner Followed by Awards and Entertainment
Saturday – July 26 at Franklin County Field Days – Highgate, VT
6:30-8:00 AM Registration Trade show
6:30-7:30 AM Breakfast
1:00 – Chicken Barbeque
65 Camper sites will be available at the Field days with water hook ups. Econo Lodge has set aside some rooms until May 1st 2014. The LaQuinta is a hotel located close also. There are some great B&B in the county also.
Registration form available here – Registration Form
For more detailed information on the scheduled tours, the maple syrup contest, and more, please visit the Official 2014 Maplerama site.
Free Sugar on Snow and wood-fired maple pizza both days. Bonfire on Saturday from 4 pm – 8 pm. Bring the family and explore how our family has made maple syrup over the generations. Our museum is located in the sugarhouse that Steve grew up sugaring in. Weather permitting we will be boiling the old-fashioned way in the museum. Tours of our new eco-friendly modern sugarhouse will also be available. Be sure to check out our website, www.jedsmaple.com, for more details as we get closer to the event.
Kick-off Maple Open House Weekend in style!
Fri., March 27, 5:30 – 8:00 pm Fresh Tracks Farm in Montpelier will host “Mayo’s Taste of Maple”. Attendees will sample sweet and savory maple items and help decide the “People’s Choice” winner! This maple food tasting, chef contest and auction will benefit Mayo Healthcare’s van fund. Tickets are $25 and include a glass of wine, tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction (gift certificates, maple items, original art, ski passes, etc.) Only 75 tickets will be sold, purchase at: www.brownpapertickets.com
Saturday and Sunday, March 28th and 29th
Cambridge, Vermont – Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits is hosting their annual Maple Sugar Festival during Maple Open House Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, March 28th and 29th, 2015, to celebrate the sugaring season.
The Boyden family has been making Vermont maple syrup for five generations in the picturesque Lamoille River valley using a traditional wood-fired evaporator with sap collected from over 300 acres of maple trees located on the family’s farm. The sugar house is conveniently located behind the winery for easy access to anyone that is interested in viewing the sugaring process.
Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits crafts over 20 different wines, ciders, and spirits including two unique wines and a cream liqueur using their estate maple syrup. The Annual Maple Sugar Festival is an ideal time to visit the winery to sample these local Vermont delicacies and learn about one of Vermont’s oldest and most loved traditions – Maple Sugaring!
Locals and visitors of all ages are encouraged to stop by Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits from 10am-5pm during the Maple Sugar Festival weekend to enjoy the activities and experience all things maple including:
- Free Sugar on Snow!
- Free Demonstrations of Maple Sugaring with a traditional wood-fired evaporator
- Free Maple Syrup Sample Tastings
- Free Winery Tours at 11:30am and 1:00pm (tours suitable for all ages)
- Free Tastings of Vermont Maple Reserve, Gold Leaf wine, and Vermont Ice Maple Crème liqueur
- Free Maple Cocktail Tasting and Recipe
- Free Parking and No Admission fee
- Donuts with maple cream will be available at the Sugar House while they last!
- Specialty Wine & Food Tastings featuring Cabot Cheeses, My Little Cupcakes, & Brown Family Farm maple candies will be available in the winery
- Pleasant Valley Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides will be available weather & ground conditions permitting
For questions or more information on the Maple Sugar Festival contact Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits at 802-644-8151 or email@example.com. Follow Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits on Facebook or Twitter.
Caledonia County Hosts the 2015 Maplerama!
Registration will start at 8:00am and classes will begin at 9:00am. The cost for the day is $35 per person, which includes access to the trade show, classes/seminars, and a catered lunch. If you are a dues paying member of the Franklin County Maple Sugarmakers Association the cost for the day is $25. (Dues are collected at annual Meeting in January) If you would like to become a dues paying member ask at our registration table.
Walk-in registration is welcome; however, we highly recommend pre-registering for this event as our maximum attendance for the maple school will be 300 people. In order to reserve your spot at the event, please pre-register by filling out the registration form linked below and follow the directions on the form:
Schedule of Events for October 3, 2015 Conference
8:00 – 9:30 Registration Begins & Trade Show Opens
8:45 – Welcome by Matt Gordon(VMSMA)
9:00 – 10:00
Room A: Proctor Maple Research- Dr. Tim Perkins- From the Tree to the Evaporator: How Microbes Affect Your Product. Sap coming out of the tree immediately starts to degrade in terms of sugar content and form. This presentation will describe what happens in sap at various stages from the tree to the evaporator, and what maple producers might do to ensure the best quality product.
Room B: Nancy Patch, Franklin-Grand Isle County Forester – Sugarbush Management & Land Use
Room C: Dominion and Grimm- Will be showcasing their new Electric Evaporator. See how this new technology can help your operation
Coffee Break 10:30 – 11:30
Room A: Leader Evaporator- New Springtech Extreme R.O.
Room B: Tap Track- Jason Gagne- Come see how the wireless monitoring system can help you in your operation
Outside: Glen Goodrich- Hands on Tubing Demonstration. See the set up and ask about different applications and practices.
Sugarhouse: Cooking With Maple- TBA
11:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:50
Room A: LaPierre USA- Hyper Brix Technology- How to concentrate up to 35 Brix and make excellent Maple Syrup
Room B: Proctor Maple Research- Dr. Tim Perkins-Should I Tap Below the Lateral Line? Maple producers sometimes have to decide whether to tap below the lateral line, either because of tubing location, or to find an area of undamaged wood. How does tapping below the lateral affect your sap yield?
Outside: Glen Goodrich- Hands on Tubing Demonstration. See the set up and ask about different applications and practices.
2:00 – 2:50
Room A: CDL- The “Master” Evaporator- Come see the features and ideas behind CDL’s latest evaporator and how it compares to a conventional evaporator
Room B: Nancy Patch, Franklin-Grand Isle County Forester- Forest Management 101
SugarHouse: Cooking With Maple- TBA
3:00 – 4:00
Room A: H2O- Anthony Larivee- High Concentration- H2O’s Super Concentrator– Making 40 brix and how to cool and keep concentrated sap
Room B: 3/16” Tubing– Ask the Experts about how this gravity system actually creates its own vacuum and how it can work in your operation
Room C: NOFA VT- How to get certified Organinc- Learn about the how to become certified organic in your sugar operation.
The Annual Meeting of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association will be held on January 26th at the Champlain Valley Exposition in conjunction with the Vermont Farm Show. The meeting will begin at noon with a banquet catered by Sugarsnap Catering with a business meeting to follow.
Please visit our registration page to reserve your seat and meal tickets: vmsma.wildapricot.org/event-1995101
Historical Society Maple Festival Blends Old and New
Remarkable silent auction offers for vacation rentals, donations from local artists and craftspersons, merchants and professionals highlight the 28th Annual Maple Festival of the Middletown Springs Historical Society on Sunday, March 20 from 1-4 pm.
The event will feature a demonstration of early maple sugarmaking in a cast iron kettle over an open fire. Local sugarmaker Ryan Mahar and historians David Wright and Jon Mathewson will give a presentation on maple sugaring history and current practice using examples from the Historical Society collection.
Delicious maple desserts created by Society members, Vermont maple products and new 2016 syrup will be available for sale. Old-fashioned sugar on snow and maple cotton candy are always favorites.
Acoustic music and kids’ activities enliven the free afternoon event. Videos about Vermont maple sugaring will be shown continuously.
Silent auction opportunities include stays at vacation condominiums or B&Bs in Williamsburg, Va., Charleston, S.C. and Middletown Springs; lessons in horseback riding, oil painting, poetry and memoir writing; offers for genealogical, natural science and historic architecture research; as well as fine craft items and donations from area businesses. A well-known area artist is offering a life-like oil portrait of your pet. You can also bid on a ride in a Model A Ford to a Historic Register-listed Italianate museum-mansion for a tour and a delicious tea.
A raffle with over 50 prizes including $100.00 and $50.00 in cash, maple syrup and maple products, craft items, and gift certificates from local businesses will go on continuously during the festival.
Museum exhibits on Middletown Springs history are on view during the festival. Admission is free and handicap accessible.
For more information about the Maple Festival call David Wright at 235-2376
The festival runs from 11am-4pm each day. On the tours, you will learn about how maple syrup originated and what the steps are from tapping trees to the finished product-syrup. Find out what all of those machines in the sugar house do. Compare the taste of sap to syrup.
All kinds of maple goodies will be available for purchase:
- maple candy and cream
- maple milk shakes
- maple cotton candy
- maple drizzled ice cream
- maple creemees
- maple beer and cocktail samples (Lawson’s and Mad River Distillers)
- maple pizza made by American Flatbread in their oven
- maple breads/muffins from our pizza oven
- maple kissed immune boosting fire cider
- even home made maple soap
Until then, you can come in and watch them boil sap into syrup. Have a taste and purchase your own bottle of warm syrup. Just look for the steam at the roof and the banner announcing that they are open.
Tonewood maple sampling and cheese pairings http://www.tonewoodmaple.com/
MAPLE cookbook author, Katie Webster, will be doing book signing and sampling of one of her recipes on Sat. Apr. 2nd from noon to 3pm. http://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com/
A Celebration of the Region’s Maple Products
Maple Taste Around at Suicide Six Ski Area, April 2nd 6-8PM
Area Chefs prepare their Maple Specialty
$25.00 at the door, cash bar, live music, silent and live auction of Painted Maple Sap Buckets
April 2nd 11-1pm on the Village Green in Woodstock
VINs with a live Bird demonstration
Sugar on Snow (Snow cones with maple syrup)
Maple butter popcorn
Around town: Find the Maple leaf Scavenger Hunt
Enter a drawing with your fully punched card
Visit Vermont sugarhouses and restaurants across the state and watch as maple syrup is being made. Join our family tradition and be a part of all the fun!
Maple Open House Weekend offers visitors an opportunity to see a variety of sugarhouses throughout Vermont in operation during sugaring season. This is the most exciting time of year for our sugarmakers and they are thrilled to open their doors and educate everyone on all things maple. Have you ever wondered how the sap from the trees gets to the sugarhouse and becomes the maple syrup you love? Do you know why maple is more nutrient dense than alternative sweeteners? Do you love maple and want to know how to incorporate it in more of your favorite recipes? Here is your opportunity to have all your questions answered by genuine Vermont sugarmakers. We encourage visitors to see as many sugarhouses as you can plan on your visit. They each offer a unique experience. Some of the planned activities for the weekend include:
- Live fiddle music
- Tours of the woods and sugarhouse
- Horse-drawn wagon rides
- Maple cocktail tasting
- Samples of specialty products
- Wood-fired Maple Pizza
- Pancake and waffle breakfasts
- Maple cream frosted donuts, maple cotton candy and sugar-on-snow
- Lunch featuring maple recipes
- Maple syrup samples
- Candy-making demonstrations
- Museum collection of antique sugaring items
- And plenty of Maple products to purchase
Check out the individual participating sugarhouses to see a complete list of activities and directions to plan your route!
The Vermont Maple Festival is celebrating “Fifty Years of Golden Sweetness” on April 22, 23 and 24, 2016. Beginning with the first Franklin County Maple Festival in 1967, groups of volunteers have worked together each year to produce a joyous tribute to the Green Mountain State’s first specialty product – Maple, the Golden Sweetness that has been the hallmark of the mountains and valleys of this special place since the time when Native Peoples first tapped the trees. Because of its statewide significance, after a vote of the Legislature in 1973, Governor Thomas Salmon declared in an Official Proclamation that the name of the event be changed to the VERMONT MAPLE FESTIVAL.
All the usual delights of the Festival will happen at the 2016 50th anniversary event – Antiques, Crafts and Specialty Foods, Fiddlers, Comedy and Youth Talent Shows; the Exhibit Hall with Maple Syrup and Maple Cooking Contests, Maple Cream Frosted Doughnuts, Maple Creemees and other maple treats; Pancake Breakfasts; a Maple Dinner; Sugarhouse Tours; Kids’ Activities and Face Painting; the Sap Run foot race; Free Entertainment on the Main Street; a colorful Carnival; St. Albans Historic Museum; Maple Cotton Candy and more food treats from the Main Street vendors; Maple Beverage Tasting; Vermont’s renowned Sugar-on-Snow; the grand old Taylor Park with a carousel, a newly rebuilt fountain and places to picnic; a downtown of intriguing shops; the two hour parade with floats, bands and colorful costumed characters. But that’s not all – there will be some 50th anniversary surprises!
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named the Vermont Maple Festival a Top Ten Summer Event for 2016. With annual attendance estimated at upwards of 35,000, visitors eager to experience the “Flavor of Vermont” are attracted from all parts of the United States, Canada, and far-flung regions of the world. The Festival has been a frequent subject of the media: television features, including Food Network, national news and magazine articles, and has been highlighted in books including Amazing Festivals: Hundreds of Small Town Celebrations and 1000 Places in the U.S. and Canada to See Before You Die. Much of the Vermont Maple Festival is free of charge, and handicapped accessible. Tap into all there is to see and do at www.VTMapleFestival.org.