We love attending fun festivals and one of my goals this year is to try to attend a minimum of 10 unique and fun festivals. I’m kicking this goal off by attending the National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, Indiana on March 2nd and 3rd. Luckily the festival occurs over two weekends, the 2nd/3rd and the 9th/10th.
Northern Michigan has its own maple syrup industry, but I’m excited to learn about Indiana’s maple syrup and see if different regions have different flavors of syrup.
There is a great line up of events and activities at the National Maple Syrup Festival. First and foremost King Arthur Flour is sponsoring a Sweet Victory Challenge which allows home cooks and bakers to showcase their best recipes using maple syrup. I have a couple great ideas that I’ll be entering in the contest.
Other festival events include Pioneer Games, Paul Bunyan activities, horse drawn carriage rides, face painting, petting zoo, children’s activities, and more.
The weekend of March 2nd and 3rd includes these demonstrations:
- French habitant sugar camp with the Tharp and Wojcinski families. Demos all day Sat. and Sun.
- Salt boiling demos with Fred Lucas and the Red Legging Mess. Demos all day Sat. and Sun.
- 18th century French cooking demos with Brian Popiela and Terry Sargent. Demos Sat. and Sun.
- 18th century Native American Sugar camp with the Turner family, Jason Jones, Marilyn McClelland, Levi Randoll, David Bender, and Jim Jacobs. Demos all day Sat. and Sun.
The weekend of March 9th and 10th includes the above demonstrations as well as the following:
- 18th century coffee house by the Widow Black. Widow Black will discuss coffee use and distribution in 18th century colonial America. Demos all day Sat. and Sun.
- Traditional Native American storytelling with Jeremy Turner in the Sugar house from 12-1pm on Sat. and Sun.
Additionally you can learn about Indian artifacts, soap & candle making, pottery, wood carving, butter churning, black smithing and so much more. Personally, I’m looking forward to the Dutch Oven Cooking demonstrations.
I’m looking forward to a great weekend at the National Maple Syrup festival. Hope to see you there!
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
National Maple Syrup Festival Website:
Burton’s Maplewood Farm
8121 W. County Rd. 75 South
Medora, IN 47260
Children 4 yrs old and under: Free!
Youth (5 to 15 yrs old): $6.00
Adults (16 – 64 yrs old): $10.00
Seniors (65+): $8.00
Donate (1) canned good for a $2.00 discount off. All donated food will be given to area food pantries.
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