It’s no surprise that Canadians produce and consume Maple Syrup by the gallon. We use it in desserts, salad dressings, BBQ sauce and you can drench almost every breakfast food in it for a naturally sweet flavour.
Guelph and Wellington County boast some of the most traditional and environmentally sustainable syrup productions in the province.
Snyder Heritage Farms is located in Breslau Ontario right on Maple Bend Road. Kevin and Anne Snyder are 5th generation farmers; their farm has been producing maple syrup for over 100 years.
Sustainable Practices – Kevin and Anne use only wood from their own forest to cook the sap (no fuel oil is used) and the wood lots are managed according to sustainable forest management guidelines and practices. They harvest a few trees every year, but only when the ground is frozen to reduce damage to the woodlot ecosystem.
There are no preservatives or fillers used to make Snyder syrup, only pure maple sap and water. In addition to their maple syrup, Snyder Heritage Farms produces turkeys, sweet corn and lots of fresh produce, all GMO free.
You can visit Snyder Heritage Farms on Maple Weekend (April 7 and 8) or on Friday afternoons from 2pm-7pm.
1213 Maple Bend Rd. RR#1 Breslau, Ontario
Hosted by The Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association during the first weekend in April; Maple Weekend gives you the opportunity to tour sap productions and see how local maple products are produced from tree to table. And maybe sneak in a pancake or two…
Participants in the Maple Weekend can be found in Niagara, Waterloo and Halton Regional Municipalities, the County of Brant and Hamilton, also certain parts of Haldimand-Norfolk, Oxford, Perth and Wellington Counties.
Click here to find a map of the local sugar producers participating in Maple Weekend.
The first Elmira Maple Syrup festival in 1965 drew a crowd of more than 10,000 people and it has been growing ever since! It has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Single Day Maple Syrup Festival.
Expect sugar bush tours, antique shows, craft sales and a popular outdoor mall featuring local arts and crafts and outrageously indulgent food, such as deep fried Mars bars, maple burgers and sausages, potato torpedoes and funnel cakes.
The festival has been able to raise over $50,000 for local community groups.
Taste the tradition on April 7st , for more information on the Festival times and events click here.