Events

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.

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Apr
27
Thu
2017
Vermont Maple Festival 2017
Apr 27 – Apr 30 all-day
May
19
Fri
2017
VMSMA Annual Meeting @ The Richmond Monitor Barn
May 20 @ 4:30 am – 8:30 am

The 2017 VMSMA Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 20th at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond, VT. The historic barn along Route 2, and visible from I-89 along with its twin, the East Monitor Barn, was renovated in the late 1990s and is now managed by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.

We’re hoping that the 2017 annual meeting will offer the chance for discussion about the focus and future of VMSMA as well as an opportunity to learn more about the ways in which VMSMA works with partner organizations in Vermont and beyond.

  • Steve Voigt, former CEO of King Arthur Flour, will talk about modern marketing strategies for real food. The lessons learned as King Arthur Flour grew among a marketplace with major brands like Pillsbury and Gold Medal and competition from store-brand varieties are applicable to Vermont Maple as we envision strategies for promoting our products.
  • We will also feature a panel of presenters from the many groups we partner with regularly: the Proctor Maple Research Center, UVM Extension, Audubon Vermont’s Bird-Friendly Maple Habitat program, and the International Maple Syrup Institute. These presenters all bring a unique perspective on the forces that affect our industry and their role in working with producers.
  • To follow, we will have a discussion on future activities of VMSMA.

We want your feedback and input, so please consider attending the 2017 VMSMA Annual Meeting!

Aug
3
Thu
2017
Vermont Maplerama, Hosted by Lamoille County Maple Sugar Makers’ Association @ VFW, Hyde Park, VT
Aug 3 – Aug 5 all-day

Mark your calendars for August 3rd-5th. This year’s event is hosted by the Lamoille County Sugarmakers and will take place at the VFW in Hyde Park , VT. The event includes tours, a trade show, banquet and awards ceremony, and a Saturday BBQ.

There are 14 sugarhouses participating in the tours on Saturday and Sunday ranging in size from 140 taps to 83,000 taps. The tours will also feature the 2016 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year, a distillery, a winery, and the Butternut Mountain Farm production facility. Almost every town in Lamoille County is represented. Maplerama 2017 will also feature the latest technologies in evaporators with electric, steam, oil, and wood pellet as well as a couple of wood fired evaporators. New this year, a full day forestry clinic offered will focus on timber stand improvement in the sugarbush, invasive species management, and improving your roads and water crossing. Click on the following links for the schedule of events, tour descriptions and details, and the registration form.

For all event related questions, contact Arnie Piper at 802-888-9385 or arnoldpiper@comcast.net.