March is Maple Month and Pennsylvania has opportunities to add some sweetness to your life this sugaring season! From maple queens to all-you-can-eat pancakes, dare to discover how maple production plays a sweet role in the Keystone State at one of these annual events.
Threadbare Maple Festival
Come enjoy a free maple extravaganza at the Threadbare Maple Festival, March 10, at Threadbare Cider and Mead in Pittsburgh. With maple tastings, live music, and kids’ crafts, there are loads fun activities for the whole family, including a maple sugaring demo by Grow Pittsburgh. Sample and purchase maple syrups from Rivendale Farms and Philson’s Farm, shop for maple candies from Mon Aimee Chocolat and food and maple-themed cocktails from the Threadbare Kitchen, and view quilts by the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild.
Somerset County Maple Weekend Taste & Tour
Experience a full weekend of maple deliciousness at the Somerset County Maple Weekend Taste & Tour, March 10-11. You’ll want to visit the 14 participating maple farms throughout the county, but what better way to start your tour than with a full pancake and maple syrup breakfast at the Listie Volunteer Fire Company in Somerset. The Taste & Tour features each farm’s unique maple production process and their maple specialty products. It’s all maple at the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County, Inc. where maple camps from the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s are set up, and spotza, a maple taffy treat, is waiting for you to taste.
Pennsylvania Maple Festival
Celebrate the height of maple production season, March 17-18 and 24-25, at the 71st Annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival in Meyersdale. Watch as the Maple Queen is crowned during the Maple Queen Scholarship Pageant and learn about the fascinating art of syrup production. In addition to all things maple, you won’t want to miss the Meyersdale Lions Pancake Shack pancakes & sausage, the 42nd Annual Quilt Show, Antique Tractor & Farm Show, and Horse Pulling Contest!
14th Annual Maple Taste & Tour Weekend
A maple sugar museum, a 4th generation maple syrup business, and of course, countless maple syrup treats are all waiting for you to discover at the 16 participating maple sugaring farms in Crawford, Erie, and Warren Counties at the Northwest Pennsylvania Maple Association’s 16th Annual Maple Taste & Tour Weekend, March 21-22. You’ll enjoy free samples and recipes of maple baked goods, and even the chance to win a basket filled with maple goodies.
Potter-Tioga 14th Annual Maple Weekend
Watch the many different ways maple is harvested, from the traditional bucket and tap collection process to the more modern tubing and vacuum-pump systems, as well as the various takes on the evaporation process that turns maple sap to syrup, at the Potter-Tioga 14th Annual Maple Weekend, March 17-18. Each location offers their own maple specialty products, ranging from maple salad dressing to maple milkshakes and even cotton candy using recipes that have been passed down through the generations!
Loch's Maple Annual Open House
Come to Loch's Maple Annual Open House, March 17-18, in Springville for a firsthand look at how delicious, sweet maple syrup is made. A true festival weekend, you’ll be treated to demonstrations of soap making, hand spinning, blacksmithing, woodworking, weaving, quilting, and knitting. In addition you’ll get an education in Loch’s sugaring process, which includes a reverse osmosis machine, 4,000 taps, and some 30 miles of tubing. You’ll definitely want to try their wide variety of maple products, including maple cream, maple jelly, maple sugar, maple mustard, maple caramel popcorn, maple-flavored coffee and other maple creations, and of course maple syrup!
Miller's Purely Maple Farm
Miller's Purely Maple Farm in Wellsboro welcomes you to their Annual Open House, March 17. Stop by to witness the process of boiling sap down to syrup and learn the delights of pure maple. Then, treat yourself to a variety of seasonal maple goodies, including freshly-spun maple cotton candy, while enjoying a number of family-friendly activities taking place on site.
Parker Dam Sate Park
At Parker Dam Sate Park in Penfield every Saturday and Sunday in March, you can learn the sweet story of maple sugaring from how it was discovered to how it was made years ago, and how you can make it yourself. Learn how to identify maple trees in the winter, choose the right trees for tapping, and where to place the taps. You might even be chosen to tap a maple tree and gather in the sap. But even if not, everyone gets some free samples!
Spring is in the Air
What better way to spend late March than tapping for syrup in the budding woods of Silver Lake Nature Center in Bristol? Children of all ages will love to see what goes into making delicious maple syrup while wandering through the woods during the “Spring is in the Air” event, March 29-30. Cost is $50 for a one-day adventure or $90 for both days.