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Mad for Maple | Best New England Maple Festivals, Maple Recipes & More

Early spring in New England offers optimal sweetness in the form of pure maple syrup. Here’s our roundup of top maple festivals and tastiest maple recipes to help you celebrate the season.

By Aimee Tucker

Feb 07 2019


It wouldn’t be a New England country store without some delicious maple syrup.

Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Zeb's General Store in North Conway, NH | Photos
It wouldn’t be spring in New England without the sweetness of pure maple syrup.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming

Best New England Maple Festivals

Celebrate the sweetness of maple season at one of these top New England maple festivals and events.

Hebron Maple Festival
Hebron, CT
March 16–17, 2019

Experience sugarhouse tours, a craft fair and demonstrations, contests, kids’ activities, a pancake breakfast, and more at this townwide celebration.

Massachusetts Maple Weekend
March 16–17, 2019

This is the main event of the state’s “Maple Month.” Contact the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association to find out which sugarhouse is hosting the kickoff event this season; state officials will be in attendance to tap the ceremonial first tree.

New Hampshire Maple Weekend
March 23–24, 2019

More than 60 sugarhouses across the state participate in this open house, which includes the Canterbury Maple Festival and other events. Learn how maple syrup is made, and enjoy free samples, horse-drawn rides, sugar on snow, pancake breakfasts, and more.

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
March 23–24, 2019

Visit sugarhouses throughout the state, watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting), and sample maple products at this statewide celebration of all things maple.

Maine Maple Sunday
March 24, 2019

Some 40 farms and sugarhouses take part in this annual celebration. For a full weekend of fun, check out the Skowhegan Maple Festival, which features a pancake breakfast, maple-marshmallow roasting, and the Maple Madness Basketball Tournament.

Vermont Maple Festival
St. Albans, VT
April 26–28, 2019

Celebrate the grand finale of maple season with exhibits, cooking demos, a carnival and parade, breakfasts, and dinners.

Maple Nut Bars
Chewy Maple Nut Bars
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Best New England Maple Recipes

Love maple? These three maple recipes from the Yankee archives are sure to become your new favorites.

Maple-Walnut Layer Cake with Easy Maple Frosting

Sour cream and toasted walnuts give this towering maple walnut layer cake filled with sweet maple frosting a rich, nutty flavor. It’s a delicious, old-fashioned treat.

Slow-Cooker Maple Baked Beans

This maple-kissed recipe originally ran as “Bertha Robb’s Home Baked Beans” in the March 1981 issue. We’ve adapted it for the slow cooker.

Chewy Maple Nut Bars

The combination of sweet brown sugar, crunchy pecans, and pure maple syrup in these chewy maple nut bars is tough to beat.

Best New England Maple Festivals & Maple Recipes
Maple sugar on snow is a favorite maple season tradition.
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Even More Maple!

Maple Sugar on Snow

A fun and easy winter treat, this homespun candy requires just two ingredients: pure maple syrup and fresh, clean snow.

Guide to Maple Syrup Grades

Don’t know your rich from your robust? Our guide to the updated maple syrup grades is here to help explain the difference. Just pass the pancakes!

Ode to Maple Candy

Made from pure maple sap and molded into fun shapes, maple candy is a popular and sweet New England treat.