Love pure maple syrup? Here’s a guide to the Best New England Maple Festivals and Events to help add some sweetness to your early spring!
Note: New England weather can be fickle. Always check websites to confirm the date and time before heading out!
Dates have been updated for 2016.
Connecticut Maple Festival
MAR. 19-20: HEBRON, Hebron Maple Festival. Sugarhouse tours, craft fair and demonstrations, contests, kids’ activities, pancake breakfast, homemade lunch and snack foods, and more, townwide. hebronmaplefest.com, ctmaple.org
Maine Maple Celebration
MAR. 27: STATEWIDE, Maine Maple Sunday. Some 40 farms and sugarhouses participate in this annual celebration. mainemapleproducers.com
Massachusetts Maple Events
MAR. 19-20: STATEWIDE, “Maple Month.” Contact the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association to find out which sugarhouse is hosting the kickoff event this season, with state officials in attendance to tap the ceremonial first tree. 413-628-3912; massmaple.org
MAR. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27: STURBRIDGE, Maple Days. Learn about early New England sugaring every weekend in March at Old Sturbridge Village’s own working “Sugar Camp.” 800-733-1830, 508-347-3362; osv.org
New Hampshire Maple Festivals and Events
MAR. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27; APR 2-3: STATEWIDE, New Hampshire Maple Weekend. More than 60 sugarhouses across the state participate in this open house. Learn how maple syrup is made; plus free samples, horse-drawn rides, sugar on snow, pancake breakfasts, and more. 603-225-3757; nhmapleproducers.com
Rhode Island Sugarhouses
STATEWIDE: A listing of sugarhouses is available at: farmfresh.org/food/food.php?zip=02909&food=69
Vermont Maple Festivals and Events
APR 2-3: STATEWIDE, Vermont Maple Open House Weekend. Celebrate the season and visit sugarhouses throughout the state. Watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting) and sample maple products. vermontmaple.org
APR 30: ST. JOHNSBURY, St. Johnsbury Vermont World Maple Festival. Syrup-making demonstrations, award-winning contests, food, live music, and crafts. 802-274-0201; worldmaplefestival.org
APR. 22-24: ST. ALBANS, Vermont Maple Festival. Celebrate the grand finale of the maple season townwide, with exhibits, cooking demos, a carnival and parade, breakfasts, and dinners. 802-524-5224; vtmaplefestival.org
Maple Producers Associations (including lists of local sugarhouses)
Is your favorite New England maple event on the list?