Indiana Maple Syrup Association
Indiana is the southwesternmost state in the U.S. Maple Belt, and because spring’s warmth causes sap to flow, it flows here first. Maple Weekend will be an outdoor activity to beat cabin fever, one that will encourage guests to meet Indiana syrup producers – called sugar makers, to see where food comes from, how it is produced, and to learn the difference and value between maple and pancake syrup.
March 11 and 12, 2017
Indiana’s second annual Maple Weekend will open sugar camps around the state so guests can see how trees are tapped, how sap gets to the sugar house and how it becomes syrup and other maple products.
The full Maple Weekend schedule, with locations and hours, will be posted on the IMSA website, at www.IndianaMapleSyrup.org. Daily updates also are on the IMSA Facebook page, as well as the “Indiana Maple Syrup Weekend” Facebook page.
“Maple Weekend is an opportunity for people to see what we do and how we do it, and to increase awareness of Indiana maple products,” said Dave Hamilton, president of the Indiana Maple Syrup Association and past president of the North American Maple Syrup Council.
The event will involve sugar makers with sugar camps able to accommodate visitors, however most venues will be rustic, and all will be muddy due to the spring thaw impacting the ground as much as the sap flow. “Guests should dress appropriately for an outdoor, spring event and expect an eye-opening experience,” Hamilton said. “Sugar making is a lot of fun for anyone who enjoys being outdoors in the early spring, and we encourage guests to visit two or three sugar camps in their area.”