Submitted by the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce
‘Tis the season for the smooth sweetness of a Canadian Classic delicacy affectionately known as liquid gold.
Yes, it’s that time of year when maple syrup is flowing true and it takes centre stage on our palate, in our hearts, and in our tummies.
After two long years of being on the sidelines, the Muskoka Maple Festival is back to provide plenty of opportunities for maple syrup afficionados to taste a variety of flavours, as well as inspired dishes and beverages.
Taking place on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout Main Street in Downtown Huntsville, the family-friendly festival features plenty of tasting options, live entertainment, maple producers and much more.
“We’re extremely excited for the Muskoka Maple Festival to be back and better than ever this year,” says Kelly Haywood, executive director for the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce. “We have an amazing line-up of culinary experts, craft beverage makers, maple producers and plenty of fun things to enjoy for family members big and small.”
Admission to the Muskoka Maple Festival is $5 per person for those aged 13 and up, while children ages 12 and under are free to attend.
Entertainment for the whole family includes a drumming circle, game zone, interactive activities, live music, buskers and much more.
Maple-inspired dishes include the Rotary Huntsville Evening Satellite Club Pancake Breakfast, Charred Pork Back Ribs with Muskoka Maple Molasses BBQ sauce from festival sponsor 3 Guys and a Stove, bacon and pulled pork (separately) grilled cheese, maple syrup pulled pork sliders, maple syrup infused butternut squash soup, mini donuts, stuffed cookies, strudel, a variety of maple infused baked goods, vegan ice cream and truffles, and a whole lot more.
Wash it down with maple beer from Canvas Brewing Co., a Wheelie Good Coffee, or a Muskoka Mudita from Mushroom Tea Co.
Local Maple Syrup producers including Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm, Hubbert’s Maple, and Barmont Maple Syrup will be vendors at the festival, so those in attendance can bring some maple goodness home with them.
New this year for those staying overnight at local accommodations is the opportunity to enjoy sugar bush tours and more live entertainment on Sunday May 1 at sugar shacks across Huntsville. Find out more at muskokamaple.ca.
“We’ve all been craving events like the Maple Festival to bring us together in a celebratory fashion,” says Haywood, “Come visit us and envelope yourself in the wonderful atmosphere. Or stay for the weekend and get a Sunday bonus.”
Those who just can’t wait for April 30, can get a head start on the fun by visiting the stops along the Muskoka Maple Trail. The culinary trail is on now and runs through April 29, featuring 17 prime locations throughout the region offering a bevy of delicious dishes and concoctions.
Learn more about the Muskoka Maple Festival, the maple trail and see a schedule of events and food providers at muskokamaple.ca.
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