Vermont’s maple weekend on tap March 24-25
JERICHO — March 24 and 25 mark this year’s Vermont Maple Open House Weekend, which brings an estimated 30,000 visitors to tour the sugarhouses and meet the sugar makers responsible for leading the nation in maple syrup production (nearly 1.8 million gallons averaged over the past 3 seasons).
This year’s event has expanded the offerings and activities for visitors by partnering with local businesses that specialize in their own craft and support Vermont’s maple industry by including maple in their ingredients, on their menus, and offered for sale at their locations.
When visiting sugar houses on March 24 and 25, visitors can expect warm welcomes from their sugar maker hosts, eager to educate and share with the public the process of making maple syrup from sap — an inside look at the hard work that goes into producing each jug of syrup. Traditional Open House activities include sampling syrup; tours of the woods; pancake breakfasts, horse-drawn sleigh rides, sugar-on-snow parties; and plenty of maple products to taste including maple donuts, maple cotton candy and maple creemees.
Event weekend visitors can also expect to be impressed by the diversity of maple as an ingredient as showcased by our partner businesses. Each partner capitalizes on the flavor qualities of maple as a key component of recipes and menu items appearing throughout the weekend. Of interest to Addison County residents are Citizen Cider’s Tasting Room — who get some of their cider from Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury — to try their new limited release Tree Tapper made with maple syrup; and Shacksbury Cider’s Tasting Room in Vergennes, which features a cider that is barrel aged in old WhistlePig Whiskey barrels and finished with a kiss of maple syrup.
For a full menu of maple, visitors can dine at partner restaurants like Mary’s at Baldwin Creek who will be featuring special maple appetizers, entrees and desserts alongside other local ingredients as well as unique maple craft cocktails.
For more information about the weekend and to see the growing list of participating sugarhouses and partnering businesses, visit vermontmaple.org/mohw.
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