Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Maple Syruping, Fabulous Fun Festivities (YUM!)


The weather is gorgeous for outdoor maple syrup activities! It’s not always possible to go out and get tapping yourself, but the Pittsburgh area offers an abundance of fantastic festivals (at which you can almost always getting some pretty darned good pancakes!). Check out any of these events for a good time and good eats.


  • Beechwood Farms Maple Madness: 10am – 2pm. Enjoy a walk through the history of maple sugaring and dive into a pancake breakfast! Our annual event occurs rain or shine--and this year we've expanded it to include Succop Conservancy. Learn how people across the ages have incorporated maple products into their lives. And don't forget to sample some pure maple syrup while you're here! Pancake breakfast seatings start at 10:00 a.m. and run through 1:00 p.m. Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. Breakfast seatings: 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., or 1:00 p.m. Visit the website to reserve your spot.
  • Maple syrup will take center stage during the 65th annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival, in Myersdale, Somerset County. The annual event will be held March 24-25 and March 28 to April 1 at sites around Meyersdale. learn how to tap a tree, boil sap into syrup, observe a sugar off, make sugar cakes and twirl spotza, a clear taffy formed when maple syrup boiled down to the soft-ball stage is poured over crushed ice. Additional activities include the Meyersdale Lions Club pancake breakfast (with maple syrup of course!), a historical pageant, a maple festival dance, a grand parade, a Civil War encampment, live entertainment, plenty of arts and crafts, and a 5-K. Plus, the 29th annual street rod classic auto show (March 25), and the 50th annual antique auto show (April 1). Activities will be centered around Maple Festival Park on Meyers Avenue, with its Historic Meyers Homestead, antique doctor’s office, cobbler’s shop and country store.
  • Edinboro Maple Festival. 9 a.m to 3 p.m. The third annual event, benefiting the Edinboro Historical Society and Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25. Gather at the fire department at 125 Meadville St. for pancakes and sausage with local syrup ($7 or $3 for children 12 and younger), as well as music and an arts-and-crafts show and sale.
  • 10 am - 4 pm. Northwest Pennsylvania Maple Association local sugarhouses open their doors to the public on Taste & Tour Weekend. Come and visit with your local maple syrup producers and see "how its done." See first hand the process of tapping the maple tree, collecting sap and boiling it down to make delicious syrup. Many maple sugar makers produce additional confections from their syrup. Most have free samples available, as well as products for sale.
  • Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival The 35th annual Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, at the lodge at Bradys Run Park on Route 51 near Fallston, Beaver County. All-you-can-eat buttermilk or buckwheat pancake breakfast costs $8, $4 for children. You also can buy maple syrup as well as buckwheat, cornmeal and wheat flour, ground on site, and there will be demonstrations, crafts, children's activities, and souvenirs.
  • Butler Country Maple Madness Enjoy a walk through the history of maple sugaring and dive into a pancake breakfast! Our annual event occurs rain or shine--and this year we've expanded it to include Succop Conservancy. Learn how people across the ages have incorporated maple products into their lives. And don't forget to sample some pure maple syrup while you're here! Pancake breakfast seatings start at 10:00 a.m. and run through 1:00 p.m.