Mark your calendars for March 23 and 24, 2020

Maple, maple, maple. A Vermont staple so ingrained in our state’s culture that it is nearly impossible to have a meal without it. Especially in the springtime when more than 100 maple producers take part in a wildly popular weekend festival that celebrates this delicious syrup. Nearly a dozen of our Bennington County sugar-makers participate in the festivities.

Hop from maple house to maple house. Indulge in a seemingly endless supply of maple desserts: ice cream, donuts, fudge, muffins, and more. This event is perfect for foodies or just anyone with a taste for adventure.

What if sweets just aren’t your thing? Savory options such as a slice of maple sausage fennel pizza paired with a maple stout just might hit the spot.

There is plenty of entertainment to keep you and the kiddos busy as you nibble your way through this fun filled weekend. Horse drawn sleigh rides, wagon rides and sugar-on-snow parties are just a few. If you don’t know what sugar-on-snow is, you just might have to come to Vermont Maple Weekend to find out what you’ve been missing.

The participating maple syrup makers also provide demonstrations on how the syrup is made from boiled sap. You can learn about the taste, colors and grades. Just make sure you have some space in your bags to take home a few gallons. And for those of you who will be flying home, don’t forget a few zip lock bags for safe packing.

Vermont Maple Weekend is the best way to embrace Vermont culture in a short time. The Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association (VMSMA) revels in sharing these traditions during The Vermont Maple Weekend. 

Mark your calendars for March 23 and 24, 2020 and start planning your Vermont Vacation now. Word is our Bennington VT hotels and B&B hosts can make a mean breakfast featuring none other than Vermont pure maple syrup.

History

The Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association is one of the oldest non-governmental agricultural organization in the US with its establishment in 1893. Its mission to protect the tradition of maple sugar making and keep consistent high end quality has helped the state have some of the best maple syrup in the world. The demand for maple syrup is growing daily with Vermont’s production tripling in the past decade to 1.8 million gallons per year.

Fun Facts 

  1. It takes 40 liters of sap to make 1 liter of maple syrup
  2. A quarter cup of maple syrup contains minerals such as manganese, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium
  3. It contains antioxidant properties similar to a banana of a serving of broccoli
  4. Sponsored by the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association, this event is one that Vermonters and visitors mark their calendars for year after year.