ONTARIO — COVID-19 stymied the sweet outing two years, but the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers’ Association says its annual Maple Weekend is finally back for 2022.
Running 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 2-3, the weekend celebrates the maple syrup season. It’s an opportunity for the public to visit the Association’s member sugarbushes to see how the popular treat is produced from tree to table. More than 60 producers across the province will take part.
Experiences will differ depending on location, but often include taffy on snow, pancake breakfasts, sugar making demonstrations, outdoor activities, and chatting one-on-one with the maple syrup producers.
Fun, free and family-oriented, 2022 marks the event’s 8th edition. The Association also says the weather looks great for both visitors and record flows of sap leading into April.
“Each year, many residents of Ontario look forward to their annual family trip to the sugarbush and the chance to buy fresh maple syrup and celebrate the advent of spring,” the Chair of the Association’s Maple Weekend working group, Leann Thompson, said. “On April 2 and 3, you can visit a new sugarbush, or head to an old favourite. You can stop at one location, or visit a few in one day, or over the weekend, it’s all up to you!”
In 2017, Maple Weekend was nominated for Ontario Tourism Event of the Year, and in 2018 drew more than 15,000 visitors to the province’s sugarbushes.
A list of participating Maple Weekend maple syrup producers is available at www.mapleweekend.ca