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Happiness on the Horizon: Maple Production Experiences and Festivals

Get sweeter in Pennsylvania while tasting and tapping sweet maple syrup at one of these festivals and unique experiences!
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Kids at Pennsylvania Maple Festival. Photo Credit: Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

There’s no better place to experience maple syrup than in the Laurel Highlands at the Pennsylvania Maple Festival, March 25-26 and March 29-April 2, 2017. Maple season festivities culminate at the annual festival in Meyersdale, PA., a.k.a. “Maple City USA.” The festival celebrates its 70th year in 2017 and features a variety of activities including maple syrup production demonstrations, live entertainment, children’s activities and tractor shows. Don’t miss the Grand Feature Parade, Lions Club pancake breakfasts and “Legend of the Magic Water,” a historical pageant brought to life by more than 100 local residents to depict the discovery of maple syrup as well as the history!                  

Tioga County is one of Pennsylvania's most popular destinations to discover the great maple products and production facilities. Visit Brookfield Maple Products which earned a great reputation for its certified organic maple producers while nearby Patterson Maple Farms is known for its syrups and product line and is the largest maple producer in the state.


Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve Maple Madness.
Photo Credit: Destination Gettysburg.

Head to Camp Eder Feb. 25 and March 4 for Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve’s Maple Madness event. Tucked into the wooded outskirts of historic Gettysburg, Camp Eder is an ideal setting for a wintertime outing. Gather the family and spend the day outdoors while learning about the process of maple sugaring – from tapping the tree to turning the sap into sweet, pure maple syrup. The day also features a pancake breakfast with perfect pancakes for maple syrup drizzling, plus sausage, eggs and more to savor your taste buds!

Attend the Maple Weekend Taste and Tour March 11-12, 2017, in Somerset County. The free, self-guided tour hosted by the Somerset County Maple Producers Association has grown to include 15 sugar camps. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, visitors can explore any of the farms on the tour to learn about maple syrup production, traditions and sample maple products from those who know maple best.

When mid-February sap season arrives in the Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Loch family begins the generational practice of tapping the trees. Loch’s Maple begins producing the popular Made in PA product used for the family’s popular syrups, candies and Loch’s signature “Maple Popcorn”- an Endless Mountains favorite confection!

Montgomery County, offers two opportunities to learn the sticky, sweet truth behind maple syrup. The Feb. 26 session at Norristown Farm Park and the March 4 event at Green Lane Park both tap into the secret of pancakes’ most popular pour. Adults and children will get a taste of this wintertime treat that also speaks to the approach of spring.

Grab the family and enjoy the maple syrup operations at Andy's Own Pure Maple Syrup in Indiana. This fourth-generation family business has been producing maple syrup for more than 50 years. Every spring, more than 200 gallons of syrup are extracted from over 700 local trees. The interactive experience blends modern equipment and traditional values to make some of the best maple syrup around!

Head to Bucks County and attend one of the several maple sugaring demonstrations at Washington Crossing State Park, Churchville Nature Center or Silver Lake Nature Center. Syrup lovers should attend Maple Sugar Day at Peace Valley Nature Center in Doylestown to learn the history, sample sap and purchase fresh Bucks County maple syrup.