Tap into the history of maple sugaring!
Gather family and friends to enjoy an outdoor exploration of the history of maple sugaring in New York State! Start your adventure at our Sugarhouse, then, journey to the 19th century to see the techniques and tools that early settlers used to collect sap and make maple sugar. Plus, sweeten your day by adding on a stop to the Museum’s Meeting Center for a delectable Pancake Plate to fuel your maple sugaring adventures!
We are pleased to share that ASL Interpretation will be available on Sunday, March 26, at the following times/locations: Sugar House (10 – 10:15 a.m.), Sugar Camp (11 – 11:15 a.m.), Brook’s Grove Church (10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.), and Village Square Stage (1:30 – 1:45 p.m.)
Looking for an all-access pass to Maple Sugar Festival? Make sure to purchase the “Maple Festival + Pancake Plate” ticket option!
Visit the sugar house
Did you know? Part of the Nature Center at GCV&M is a working sugar house, where sap is collected from the Sugar Bush on our grounds and turned into real NY maple syrup!
When you visit the Sugar House during our Maple Sugar Festival you’ll see the modern-day wood-fired evaporator in action, learn how much sap it takes to make one gallon of maple syrup, smell the sweet bubbling sap as it boils down into thick sugary syrup, and more.
Maple products from the Sugar House are available for sale in the Flint Hill Store.
Enjoy tasty traditions
Make sure to come hungry when you visit GCV&M for our Maple Sugar Festival! Foodies will delight in opportunities to sample, savor, and indulge in all things maple.
- Enjoy a Pancake Plate (think a “garbage plate,” but maple-themed!) to fuel up for the day’s adventures
- Purchase historic maple-themed confections in the D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery
- Grab a maple-themed hot snack or beverage in the Depot Restaurant
- Fuel your adventures with a hot beverage by Ugly Duck Coffee (at the Nature Center on March 25 & 26 only)
- Wash it all down with a Rohrbach’s Griddle Cake Ale, on tap in the Freight House Pub
Purchase a standard festival ticket for access to all activities associated with the Maple Sugar Festival, or sweeten your visit with a stop in the Meeting Center for a Pancake Plate! Enjoy three pancakes and three sausages smothered in Museum-made maple syrup, plus peruse a toppings bar, and enjoy juice and coffee. (Ticket price includes all tax and gratuities.)
Sample maple-inspired cocktails and treats at our Maple Mixer!
NEW for 2023 – don’t miss out on our Maple Mixer, happening in the Carriage Barn (noon – 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 26). For just $20 (tax and gratuity included), foodies will delight in a sampling of maple-inspired sweet and savory tastings plus a maple mini-cocktail and spirits tastings! Featured partners: Farmhouse Table Caterers and Woodlawn Distilling.
Click here to explore the Maple Mixer Menu.
Please note: tickets are available in very limited quantities and must be purchased in addition to Maple Sugar Festival general admission tickets.
Explore the sugar bush
Journey to the 19th century to see the techniques and tools that early settlers used to collect sap and make maple sugar! Explore the sugar bush and surrounding trails at the Genesee Country Nature Center, where you will learn from costumed historic interpreters how clear sap was boiled down into thick maple syrup and hardened into maple sugar.
Explore a 19th-century sugar camp as you trek through the wintry woods!
Venture into the Historic Village
Meander in and out of historic homes around the Village and explore 19th-century uses for maple syrup and sugar – and even sample some historic “receipts,” called recipes, today!
See a sausage-making demonstration in the basement of historic Hosmer’s Inn, and see historic cooks at work making dishes like boiled beaver tail, maple 1234 cake, pan perdu, baked beans with bacon, and more!
Plus, watch as representatives from SUNY ESF participate in exciting timber sports, watch a tree-tapping demo with a naturalist on the Village Square, and so much more!
Experience cultural traditions
With the help of incredible guest performers and storytellers such as Perry Ground, Ronnie Reitter, Tonia Galban, and the Indigenous Spirit Dancers, visitors to Maple Sugar Festival will have the opportunity to explore Hodinöhsö:ni’ (Haudenosaunee) cultural traditions and storytelling related to maple sugaring season.
Stop by the Confectionery
Purchase a tasty (and historical!) treat from the D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery in our Historic Village when you visit for Maple Sugar Festival. Special items for both festival weekends will include:
- Maple sugar cream hand pies
- Maple Cheshire pork and apple hand pies
- Spiced maple apple bread
- Maple Irish soda bread
- Maple scones
- Maple sugar star bread
- and more!
Shop the Flint Hill Store
Don’t forget to visit the Flint Hill Store, where you can find maple products made with syrup tapped right here at GCV&M. Ask about our pottery and syrup special deal when you visit for Maple Sugar Festival!
Plus, find limited quantities of tasty baked goods from the D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery for sale in the Flint Hill Store.
The store will be open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on all Maple Sugar Festival days.
Festival + Pancake Plate Ticket
(limited tickets available)
This all-access ticket grants you admission to the full Maple Sugar Festival, PLUS lets you sweeten your visit with a stop in the Meeting Center for a Pancake Plate! Enjoy three pancakes and three sausages smothered in Museum-made maple syrup, plus peruse a toppings bar, and enjoy juice and coffee. (Ticket price includes all tax and gratuities.)
GCV&M Members: $22 for adults, $18 for youth
General Public: $25 for adults, for $20 youth
(This ticket grants you admission to the Maple Sugar Festival but does not include a Pancake Plate)
GCV&M Members: $13 for adults, $10 for youth
General Public: $15 for adults, $12 for youth