Spring is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate that than by tasting the fruits of Mother Nature's labors at the National Maple Syrup Festival. The festival will be held at Burton's Maplewood Farm on March 3, 4, 10 and 11. The farm is nestled amongst large, beautiful trees in the hills of Southern Indiana, near Medora. Events will be held at Medora Community School and Burton's Maplewood Farm. A shuttle is available to the farm and tickets may be purchased at the school.
A wide variety of activities will take place on both weekends while visitors watch maple sap be transformed to maple syrup. Visitors can see trees that have been tapped, watch a blacksmith, see butter being churned, visit historic encampments, see candles and soap being made, visit the pottery and brick barn, listen to live music, visit a petting zoo, make a rope, enjoy crafts, play pioneer games and even purchase handcrafted items.
Activities for March 2-3 include: French habitant sugar camp with the Tharp and Wojcinski families; Salt boiling demonstrations; 18th century French cooking demonstrations and 18th century Native American Sugar camp. March 9-10 activities include: 18th century coffee house and traditional Native American storytelling.
Another exciting event during the festival is the King Arthur Flour Sweet Victory Challenge. This event offers amateur bakers/cooks the opportunity to showcase their best recipes using Burton's Maple Syrup. The dishes will be judged during the festival and the competition is open to adults (18 and over) and youth (17 and under). A panel of judges will select five finalists in each division/category.
Delicious food, including pancakes, is also available at both Pat's Snack Shack at the farm and at Medora Schools. Breakfast and lunch/dinner items are available.
All net proceeds from the event will benefit the Heads Up!!! Foundation, which will use the money for the Riley Hospital for Children's "Camp About Face."
Tickets are available at the event and are $6 for youth (5-15); $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens and free for children 4 years old and under. Anyone who brings a canned good will receive a $2 discount off the ticket price.
Call 812-966-2168. Burton's is located at 8121 West County Road 75 South in Medora. See a complete schedule at nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com.