Maple Weekend happens annually across New York State across two weekends (2021 dates: March 21-22 and 28-29) and is a chance for the public to visit the farm to learn about New York’s maple sugarmaking processes and traditions. Plus, it provides a chance to taste pure maple syrup in its many forms – right from the source.
This multi-weekend event takes place at several farm locations throughout the Western New York area and far beyond, rain, snow, or shine, from 10am – 4pm each day at most locations (check specific destinations for exceptions). While much of the usual celebration is postponed due to COVID, there are some locations that can safely entertain visitors and will proceed with Maple Weekend.
What to expect
Maple weekend includes tasting the pure and natural food product at its freshest and in its many forms, learning how maple syrup and other maple confections are made, experiencing unique family traditions of making maple syrup, celebrating New York’s first agricultural harvest of the season, and meeting the producers.
Did you know that New York is the second largest maple producing state in the U.S. annually? A Maple Weekend visit, which are extremely family friendly we might add, also involves learning about the many ways to cook and bake with maple syrup, maple sap and other maple drinks and products.
Tours and product samples are offered at most sites free of charge (museums are the exception), and on-site pancake breakfasts, where available, incur a per-plate cost and prices vary by location. You can find producers offering a pancake breakfast here!
Pro tip: Many locations will be muddy, so make sure to dress in layers and wear closed-toe or insulated footwear.
For more info on Maple Weekend and a full list of farms open for visitors, check out mapleweekend.nysmaple.com.
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