Get sweeter in Pennsylvania while tasting and tapping sweet maple syrup at one of these festivals and unique experiences!
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1. Pennsylvania Maple Festival
There’s no better place to experience maple syrup than in the Laurel Highlands at the Pennsylvania Maple Festival, April 23-24 and April 27 - May 1. Maple season festivities culminate at the annual festival in Meyersdale, PA., a.k.a. “Maple City USA”. The festival celebrates its 75th year in 2022 and features a variety of activities including maple syrup production demonstrations, live entertainment, children’s activities, and tractor shows. Don’t miss the Grand Feature Parade, Lions Club pancake & sausage dinners, and the “Legend of the Magic Water”, where re-enactors and interpreters depict the discovery of maple syrup as well as the history!
2. Brookfield Maple Products
Tioga County is one of Pennsylvania's most popular destinations to discover the great maple products and production facilities. Visit Brookfield Maple Products which earned a great reputation for its certified organic maple producers. They work very hard to ensure nothing but the best in maple products are available all year long, such as; maple syrup in glass or plastic jugs, maple granulated sugar, maple cream, maple candy, and maple gift baskets.
3. Patterson Maple Farms
Nearby Patterson Maple Farms is known for its syrups and product line and is the largest maple producer in the state. These 4th generation maple producers take pride in producing the finest quality maple syrup, cream, candy, sugar, and gift baskets – all for those who enjoy the pure taste of nature's premium sweetness. Their Bourbon Infused Maple Syrup is a big hit, so be sure to grab a flask while supplies last!
4. Camp Eder
Head to Camp Eder Feb. 26 and Mar. 5 for Mount Hope Maple Madness event. Tucked into the wooded outskirts of historic Gettysburg, Camp Eder is an ideal setting for a wintertime outing. Gather the family and spend the day outdoors while learning about the process of maple sugaring – from tapping the tree to turning the sap into sweet, pure maple syrup. The day also features a pancake breakfast with perfect pancakes for maple syrup drizzling, plus sausage, eggs and more to treat your taste buds!
5. Maple Weekend Taste and Tour
Attend the Maple Weekend Taste and Tour Mar. 12-13, 2022, in Somerset County. The free, self-guided tour hosted by the Somerset County Maple Producers Association has grown to include 15 sugar camps. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, visitors can explore any of the farms on the tour to learn about maple syrup production, traditions and sample maple products from those who know maple best.
6. Loch’s Maple
When mid-February sap season arrives in the Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Loch family begins the generational practice of tapping the trees. Loch’s Maple begins producing the popular Made in PA product used for the family’s popular syrups, candies and Loch’s signature “Maple Popcorn” – an Endless Mountains favorite confection!
Montgomery County, offers two opportunities to learn the sticky, sweet truth behind maple syrup. The Feb. 25 session at Norristown Farm Park and the Mar. 3 event at Green Lane Park both tap into the secret of Pancakes’ most popular pour. Adults and children will get a taste of this wintertime treat that also speaks to the approach of spring.
7. Andy’s Own Pure Maple Syrup
Grab the family and enjoy the maple syrup operations at Andy's Own Pure Maple Syrup in Indiana. This fourth-generation family business has been producing maple syrup for more than 50 years. Every spring, more than 200 gallons of syrup are extracted from over 700 local trees. The interactive experience blends modern equipment and traditional values to make some of the best maple syrup around!
8. Maple Sugar Day at Peace Valley Nature Center
Syrup lovers should bring family and friends to attend Maple Sugar Day at Peace Valley Nature Center in Doylestown. Come as a group and experience the way maple sugar was collected and made during the pioneer days. Get a chance to learn the history, travel to the sugar bush to sample some maple sap, and purchase fresh Bucks County maple syrup.
9. Maple Sugar Day & Pancake Breakfast at Churchville Nature Center
Join the Churchville Nature Center on Mar. 6th for their annual Maple Sugar Day. The process of tapping maple trees, collecting the sap, and making maple syrup (one of the many uses of maple sap) is actually quite simple. It does, however, take some time and a willingness to get outdoors and experience this miracle of nature. This year’s event will again feature a limited space pancake breakfast.
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