MUMFORD – Did you miss it last year? Watch the steam rise from the evaporator pan and smell the aroma of maple syrup in the air as you visit the Genesee Country Village and Museum’s Maple Sugar Festival held on March 21-22 and 28-29.
Start your visit at the Nature Center and walk on the Maple History Trail. As you hike through the recently expanded sugarbush you’ll see more trees tapped with modern tubing while stopping at stations to see how collecting sap has changed over time.
Go back in time to the early 19th century and see some of the techniques and tools that early settlers would use to collect sap in order to make it into maple sugar. You can find out how to identify a Sugar Maple tree, how tall they grow and how big and old they need to be in order to tap them. While there, take the opportunity to grab some delicious maple cotton candy or maple popcorn (additional fee).
Youth (17 and under) are FREE in 2015! So bring the entire family and enjoy the fresh air and the delicious aroma of simmering maple syrup, as you set off into the woods in search of a sweet adventure.
Maple syrup is one of the oldest natural sweeteners in North America, and “boiling down” was arguably the only sugar refining process available to Native Americans and early settlers in the north. After you visit the maple sugar camp, head out to the Historic Village and meet the tinsmith and the cooper who crafted the buckets, spiles and troughs used to catch the sap. There you can see the art of making tallow candles at the MacKay House along with watching as trees are tapped live on the Village Square (timed throughout the day.
Maple syrup isn’t just for pancakes, of course. It adds exquisite flavor to all sorts of foods. On Saturday March 28, you can enter and demonstrate how good your favorite maple recipe is in our Cooking with Maple Contest!
Judges for this year’s contest include: Jennifer Johnson, anchor/reporter WHAM, channel 13, Vinnie Esposito, Regional Director of Empire State Development, Karen Miltner, food writer for the Democrat and Chronicle; Dennis Ferlito a fourth-generation farmer; Sally Santora of Livingston County News, and WYSL radio talk show host Michael Warren Thomas.
Enter and you could win unique hand-thrown museum pottery (adult category) or a certificate to the Flint Hill Store (youth & child categories). Each entrant will receive one (1) free admission to the Maple Sugar Festival Program the day of the contest on Saturday March 28, 2015 (Pancake Breakfast not included). See the full list of rules and complete your entry form here to enter!