Bring the entire family and enjoy the fresh air and the delicious aroma of simmering maple syrup, as you set off into the woods in search of sweet adventure at the annual Maple Sugar Festival & Pancake Breakfast March 16-17 & 23-24.
Join us for a hike in the woods, visit the maple sugar camp; meet the tinsmith, blacksmith and the cooper who crafted the buckets, spiles and troughs used to catch the sap; watch as candles are made, taste the delicious American Heritage Chocolate or 19th-century dishes made with the thick amber treasure of our New York forests.
Each day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors may try their hand at tapping a tree or see what it’s like to manage sap buckets on a shoulder yoke. The day includes self-guided walks to the nature center’s sugar bush, 19th-century maple sugaring over an open fire, modern syrup-making demonstrations, tastings and, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup.
Maple syrup isn't just for pancakes, of course. It adds exquisite flavor to all sorts of foods. On Saturday March 23 you can enter and demonstrate how good your favorite maple recipe is in our Cooking with Maple Contest!
Judges for this year's contest include: Karen Miltner, food writer for the Democrat and Chronicle; Sally Santora of the Livingston County News and WYSL radio talk show host Michael Warren Thomas.
Enter and you could win unique hand-thrown museum pottery (adult category) or a certificate to the Flint Hill Store (youth & child categories). New! This year each entrant will receive one (1) free admission to the Maple Sugar Festival Program the day of the contest on Saturday March 23, 2013 (Pancake Breakfast not included). Download your entry form to enter!
Maple Sugar Festival General Admission
Pancake Breakfast at the Maple Sugar Festival Admission
Sponsored by the ESL Charitable Foundation.
Except for special programming, GCVM is now closed for the season and will reopen in May 2014.