Youth (17 and under) are FREE in 2015! So 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 Mar. 21, 22, 28 & 29.
Start your visit at the Nature Center and walk on the Maple History Trail. As you hike through the recently expanded sugarbush you'll see more trees tapped with modern tubing and stop at stations to see how collecting sap has changed over time.
Maple syrup is one of the oldest natural sweeteners in North America, and “boiling down” was arguably the only sugar refining process available to Native Americans and early settlers in the north. After you visit the maple sugar camp, head out to the Historic Village and:
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: Jennifer Johnson, anchor/reporter WHAM, channel 13, Vinnie Esposito, Regional Director of Empire State Development, Karen Miltner, food writer for the Democrat and Chronicle; Dennis Ferlito a fourth-generation farmer; Sally Santora of 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). Each entrant will receive one (1) free admission to the Maple Sugar Festival Program the day of the contest on Saturday March 28, 2015 (Pancake Breakfast not included). See the full list of rules and complete your entry form here to enter!
(Also available March 8, 14 & 15) Before or after enjoying the day at our Maple Sugaring event, come join us for a delicious pancake breakfast with real maple syrup! The breakfast is served from 9 a.m.. to 1 p.m.. on each day of the event. Breakfast includes unlimited pancakes & sausage served with real maple syrup, milk, juice, coffee, tea & hot cocoa.
Adult $10; Youth (17 and under) & Museum Members FREE*
*Pancake breakfast not included in free admission to the festival.
Adult $8.50; Youth (4-17) $6.50; Children (3 & under) FREE
There is no Museum Member discount for the Pancake Breakfast
Photography Credit: Sharon Dentice & Brian Nagel
Except for special events, the museum is now CLOSED until the season opens May 9. Village & nature center trails are now open 10 am-4 pm weekends.