Written By: Tuesday, March 29th 2016


It’s that time of year again, where the snow melts away and farmers are busy preparing gallons and gallons of delicious Ontario Maple Syrup. We are so lucky to live in an area that produces so much of that sweet, golden condiment.

Grey Bruce and Simcoe county likes to kick off the harvest time with fun festivals and events.  Here is a list of the various Maple Syrup festivals to choose from:


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Saugeen Bluffs Maple Syrup Festival
Where: Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area
When: April 2nd & 3rd – 10 am – 4pm
Cost: $8 adults, $3 for children, Free for Preschoolers
Visit this massive outdoor maple syrup festival which includes tons of family friendly activities and delicious treats! Come with an empty stomach because the Paisley Kinsmen are serving up pancakes and sausages smothered with maple syrup, you can also enjoy maple taffy and FREE cider.  On Saturday (only) you can enjoy the West Coast Lumber Jack show, which is an action packed show that will thrill the whole family!  Scales Nature Park will also be on hand with demonstrations for the kids featuring snapping turtles, snakes and other outdoor critters.
For more information just head on over to svca.on.ca


Maple Sugar Moon Festival
Where: Grey Roots Museum and Archives
When: April 2nd from 11 am – 4 pm
Cost: Regular admission rates
Immerse yourself in the history and traditions of the Anishinabe people who harvested Ziinzibaakwad, or maple sugar.  Experience how maple syrup is made, learn the maple syrup songs, and then taste for yourself how delicious it truly is!  There will be wagon rides happening from noon – 4 pm, as well as Pioneer demonstrations, and games for the kids! Don’t eat lunch because there will be plenty of hot maple cider, funnel cakes with maple syrup and Kiwanis Club pancakes! (cash only).
To find out more just head on over to greyroots.com 


49th Annual Belmore Maple Syrup Festival
Where: Belmore Community Centre
When: April 7th  & April 9th
Cost: Free Admission
Meal Prices: $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 10, Free for children 5 and under
Treat yourself to delicious pancakes, made from scratch dripping with maple syrup and sausages!  With different activities happening on both days, you’ll have plenty of things to see and do.  Take a tour of the craft show, bring home some Maple Syrup at the vendor booth, and snack on bake good, then sit back and enjoy dancing, singing, and more from the local talent!  On Saturday night dust of your dance shoes for the BX 93 Video Dance Party.  This age of majority event is happening from 9 pm till 1 am!  Cost is only $15.o0.
Visit belmorecommunitycentre.ca for more information!

Honorable mentions:


Maple Magic
Where: Regal Point Elk Farm
This amazing Festival is sadly over for the season, but this outdoor festival comes back every year!  With a ton of fun activities, perfect for the whole family, its one to not be missed.  You and the kids can compete against others in a Log Sawing competition, taste some delicious Maple Syrup goodies, and even climb Mt. Haymore.  Take a guided tour of the Elk farm, and learn how to make maple syrup.  For more information just click wiartonrotary.com 

So get out there, enjoy the time spent outdoors, and eat enough maple syrup to last till next year!