SUNDERLAND: Spring is here and the sap is running! Local maple syrup farmers, vendors, artisans and organizations are gearing up for the 23rd Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival, to be held on April 7th and 8th.
On those dates, Sunderland will be host to visitors, from across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond, enjoying fun, food and festivities. Of course, the opportunity to purchase fresh maple syrup from local producers is a main attraction; but wait until you find out what else will be featured!
Well-loved events such as the Bathtub Races, a Lawn Tractor Pull, an Arts & Crafts Show, Horse & Wagon Rides, Pony Rides, a Petting Zoo and a Fine Art Show will all take place according to the schedule of events. Entertainment this year will include the: Sunderland Lions Club Community Theatre Group, Georgina Drum Circle, Legion Line Dancers, Outback Cloggers, Wolfgang Brothers and the Vintage Debris Band.
According to Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival Committee Chair, Paul South, once again this year, fascinating Northern Stoker Biomass Heating demonstrations, at Northern Metalworks, will be on the schedule. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can find out how new furnaces allow the use of grains, corn, pellets and other wood products for heating. Northern Metalworks is just down the road from Sunderland Public School and has plenty of free parking.
But wait: there’s more; on Saturday, for the first time, the Festival will feature a Pizza-Eating Contest, sponsored by, and in front of, Two Brothers Pizza; and on Sunday, the Festival Committee will once again run the Pancake-Eating contest, as it was so popular last year. That one is sponsored by, and will be held in front of, The Roadside Country Diner.
Oh, and remember the Outdoor Vendors Market on Main Street/River Street, they always attract crowds during the festival. Purchase your fresh maple syrup there, and if you are fascinated by how syrup is made, you can hop onto a bus at Sunderland Public School, for a tour of Paul and Betty Ann Harder’s Harlaine Maple Products’ sugar shack.
Bus tickets will also be available at the school for tours of Salem Alpacas.
The Sunderland Historical Museum will be open both days, and on Saturday, Grace Baptist Church and St. Andrew’s United Church will be open for a meet-and-greet, rest-your-feet break.
Both Saturday and Sunday will include all-day pancake breakfasts served up by the Legion and Sunderland Freemasons – and along River Street, you’ll find hot dogs, hamburgers and other food available for sale. Plus, there will be activities and exhibits going on in the Arena, so be sure to visit there.
For the Festival schedule and more details, jump onto MapleSyrupFestival.ca. This Festival is fun for the entire family, even the dog! Come experience the community spirit that makes Sunderland such a great place to live and visit. That’s MapleSyrupFestival.ca.
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