Paying homage to the maple industry is nothing new to most Vermonters. When the sap flows, so does the plethora of sugaring events all over the state. There’s never a shortage of family oriented events for everyone to enjoy. Here are just a few of the celebrations planned for this spring:
Palmer’s Sugarhouse has fun for the whole family. Round up your crew and for a day of sugar on snow, maple candy, and boiling demonstrations of Vermont’s liquid gold every weekend from the beginning of March to the end of April. Bring your skis and snowshoes and enjoy gliding or tromping through the woods; don’t forget to say hello to the goats along your way. After, enjoy live music while sipping coffee and indulging in delicious maple goodies. There’s always plenty of seating and parking. If the snow hangs on long enough, there will also be sleigh rides.
Admission is free. Palmer’s Sugarhouse is located at 332 Shelburne-Hinesburg Road in Shelburne. Call (802) 985-5054 for more information.
What was once the Palmer sugar shack has been refurbished and expanded, and now houses Shelburne Sugarworks. Every Saturday and Sunday from March 7 to April 12, 12-5pm, this delectable destination will be open for sugar on snow parties. Learn how maple syrup is produced on guided tours in the sugarbush to boiling in the sugarhouse, enjoy maple treats and samples, and taste Vermont with the classic combination of sugar on snow, a pickle, and a doughnut. There will be live music every weekend from 1-3pm. Bands include Sugarhouse Run, Rick Palieri, Rebecca Padula, Don Gould Band, Gary Dulabaum, Keith Williams, Chasing 440, Donna Thunder & the Storm, and Cooie.
Sugar on snow is $4, cotton candy is free. Shelburne Sugarworks is located at 746 Shelburne Falls Road in Shelburne. Call (802) 233-4408 for more information. To see what band is playing, look at the Shelburne Sugarworks Facebook page.
Dakin Farm will host their annual spring maple events at both Ferrisburgh and South Burlington locations on the March 21-22 and March 28-29 weekends. The celebrations will honor nature’s gift of pure Vermont maple syrup and the arrival of sugaring season.
Guests will have the chance to indulge in delicious maple treats and activities, including: free samples of maple syrup, ham, bacon, cheese, and more; free balloons; boiling demonstrations by noted maple experts; all you can eat pancake breakfast with buttermilk pancakes, bacon, and sausage; live music with Banjo Dan & Willy and Bob Degree & The Bluegrass Storm; a taste of this year’s newest crop of pure Vermont maple syrup over spring snow or ice cream; other delicious maple treats, including a sausage hoagie cooked in sap or a bowl of maple chili for lunch.
Dakin Farm has hosted sugar on snow parties for over 30 years, paying tribute to the maple syrup industry and Vermont’s leading role in the worldwide maple market. “Every year, we look forward to the warmer temperatures that mark the beginning of sugaring season,” said Sam Cutting IV, owner and president of Dakin Farm. “Enjoying sugar on snow is a tradition held near and dear by Vermonters for centuries; we look forward to opening our doors to our friends to celebrate the sugaring season and arrival of spring.”
For more details visit www.dakinfarm.com.