Maple syrup festivals are delicious and informative for people of all ages. In fact, this festival is a symbol of Canada and a trip to Sugar Bush. It is actually a popular spring activity for many Canadians.
Canada is known for the production of more than 70% of the world’s maple syrup. Most of this comes from Quebec, but there are also small quantities of maple syrup production that takes place in some parts of Ontario and the Atlantic coast of Canada.
Usually, the syrup is extracted from the maple trees by tapping the trees and the moderately sweet sap from the maple trees will fill the buckets that are attached to the trees. The collected sap is then boiled to make a more condensed, sugary syrup. The sap usually begins to flow in early March. At this time, the cold temperature at night becomes higher than the freezing point on a sunny day. The syrup accumulation will go on till the trees are in blossom and spring is progressing.
Earlier, the natives used to accumulate the maple syrup in hollowed-out logs and include hot rocks at once from the fire to melt the water. This was actually a time-consuming technique and took approx.12 hours from beginning to finish. Years later, the leaders enhanced this technique by heating the juice in an iron cauldron, which helped them to save a lot of time.
One of Ontario’s premier maple syrup festivals takes place at Bronte Creek State Park. It usually starts on the initial weekend in March and runs on weekends all through the month, even on weekdays.
During the festival, the participants will get to know about maple sugaring which is the art of preparing syrup from tree sap. In addition to that, the participants will be able to relish the yummy maple products such as syrup and candies. You need to make sure to wear warm clothes when going to this event as almost all activities happen outside.
At various stations, you will find tour guides who will describe the maple syrup production history in the place, see presentations of techniques for tapping maple trees and get information on how to gauge a maple tree to check whether it is fairly large to be tapped, how to make a hole in the tree, and how to put the spout and attach a bucket to the maple tree to accumulate the sap. In order to make one litre of maple syrup, you need 40 litres of sap. At the maple festival, you will also learn how to make maple syrup and candy.
Now let’s check how maple syrup can be used and what attendees can buy from maple festivals.
Maple syrup can be used to make taffy. Several people in Canada have said that there is no other food in the world that tastes as sweet as fresh taffy. In fact, it is more hygienic now as this food is prepared on tidy blocks of ice.
You can buy taffy at the maple festival. Besides that, you can buy sweet souvenirs such as lollipops, cookies, sugar candies and, syrups from the maple festival. In addition to that, attendees can purchase goodies from the Gift Shoppe.