‘The sweetest time of year’: Over 15,000 visitors expected to attend Maple Weekend in Lanark County April 6 and 7

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Maple syrup producers in the Lanark County area are preparing for Ontario’s largest maple festival, Maple Weekend.

This year’s event is set to take place on April 6 and 7, 2024. Maple Weekend offers a chance for families to enjoy free, family-friendly activities while celebrating the harvest of Ontario’s maple syrup.

“Maple Weekend is an invitation for visitors to come out and see a sugarbush in operation, and learn more about how it’s produced” stated Leann Thompson, president of the Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers’ Association (LDMSPA).

With 14 maple syrup producers participating in the area, attendees will have ample opportunities to engage with local producers.

During Maple Weekend, participating maple syrup producers will offer various activities and specials from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Over 15,000 visitors from across Ontario are expected to attend to enjoy “the sweetest time of year.”

Visitors to sugarbushes can anticipate a range of traditional maple syrup experiences, including taffy on snow, pancake breakfasts, sugarmaking demonstrations and outdoor activities such as horse and wagon rides. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with maple syrup producers and learn about the production process firsthand.

“Our producers will be on hand to chat with visitors about how our syrup is produced, from tree to table,” Thompson explained.

The following sugarbushes are participating in this year’s event:

Blair Brothers Maples (Westport)
Conboy Maple (Sharbot Lake)
East Slope Maple Products (Fermoy)
Fortune Farms (Almonte)
Fulton’s Sugar Bush & Maple Shop (Pakenham)
Golden Moment Farm (Athens)
Jameswood Maple (Lanark Highlands)
McEwen Acres (Portland)
Oliver’s Mapleworks (Perth)
Ostler Maple Farm (Mallorytown)
Temple’s Sugar Bush (Lanark)
Thompson’s Sweet Retreat (Clayton)
Thompsontown Maple Products (Clayton)
Wheelers Pancake House & Sugar Camp (McDonald’s Corners)

Visit the website for more information about what’s being offered at each location: mapleweekend.ca.

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