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1. Shepherd Michigan Maple Syrup Festival
Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival, April 27-30, 2023.
Location: From the carwashes on Wright (Main) Avenue, go north on Third Street 4 blocks. The Sugar Bush building is on the corner of Boulevard and Third.
The Shepherd Michigan Maple Syrup Festival, held annually during the last full weekend of April, has grown from a pancake supper to a 3-day festival.
My Mom always says this is one of her favorite Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals as she grew up in Mt. Pleasant.
It’s a great family weekend with parades, a classic car display, tractor and horse pulls, bingo, arts and crafts, and pancake meals.
How many gallons of maple syrup are produced each year?
Average maple syrup production in Michigan is about 90,000 gallons per year (per Michigan Grown)!
2. Milford Maple Syrup Events "Maple's Sweet Story" (Kensington Metropark)
February 26, 2023 and March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2023 from 11:00 to 3:30pm. Book early.
Location: Kensington Metropark located at 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI
Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals - Kensington Metropark
We love this March Michigan event as you take a guided walk through the farm’s Sugar Bush, learn how to pick trees, see how maple trees are tapped and how to gather sap. Plan to walk approximately a ¼ mile over uneven ground.
Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals - Kensington Metropark
You can visit the Sugar Shack to see and smell the sap being boiled down into maple sugar.
Here is the text corresponding with the numbers 1-5 above. It explains the use of the spiles on this sample board from Chippewa Nature Center.
1. Early sap collection was started by slashing the tree bark to get the sap to flow. Spiles like the two on the left were used. This method was used as late as 1860. (Imagine the damage this created to the lovely trees!!)
2. In the 1800's a chisel was used to make a box-shaped hole in the tree and a long wood spile was inserted.
3. In the Mid-1800's, a drilled hole replaced the boxed hole and the short wood spiles were used. All wood spile were gone by 1900.
4. In 1880, cast metal spiles came into use. The lower stamped metal spiles are used today.
5. In the 1960s, plastic spiles were introduced. Used with plastic tubing, several trees are connected to one collection pail.
3. Journey to the Sugar Bush (Hudson Mills Metropark): Michigan Maple Weekends!
Location: Hudson Mills Metropark, Activity Center, 8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130. Fun for all ages!
**Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks event calendar has booking info.
February 25, 26, 2023. March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2023
Experience how maple syrup has been made over the years, learn how to tap a tree, and visit the evaporator to see the sap being boiled into syrup. This Michigan spring outdoor activity involves walking through an unlevel field but you can stay on paved paths if needed.
When you register, be sure to add some pancakes to go! This meal comes with flatware and napkins so you can enjoy your meal inside the Activity Center. Pancake meals are available through pre-order only, between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Weekends March 4 - March 19, 2023.
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost: $3 per child, $5 per adult; children under 2 Free!
4. Maple Sweetness Events and Pancake Breakfast (Wolcott Mill Metropark) Such Fun Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals!
Location: Wolcott Mill Metropark, Historic Center, 63841 Wolcott Rd, Romeo, MI 48065
February 26, 2023 and March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2023 (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
It’s maple syrup season! Take a guided tour while you learn about a crop rich in history and flavor. Prepare to walk about a half mile over uneven ground to their woods to learn how to identify and tap maple trees.
Visit the wood-fired evaporator and see how to turn sap into syrup! Tours begin every half hour and run approximately one hour to learn all about maple syrup production.
Cost: $3 per child, $5 per adult, children under 2 Free! Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.
Maple Sweetness Pancake Breakfast:
March 25 and 26, 2023
Chris Cakes will be serving an “all you can eat” pancake breakfast to celebrate the end of maple syrup season! Featured on Food Network and holds two Guinness Book of World Records! What a sweet way to celebrate at Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals!
Breakfast (served outside) will include all you can eat pancakes, 3 sausage links, coffee, water, or tang. You can also take a self-guided tour to learn how to identify and tap maple trees and visit the wood-fired evaporator. Maple syrup will be available for purchase.
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost: $6 per child, $8 per adult, children under 2 free! Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.
March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2023. 10 am - 2:30 pm. Fun for all ages!
Overview: March is maple sugaring month! Learn the history of sugaring and how to identify maple trees. Hike into the spring woods to tap a maple tree and then return to the campfire to learn the process of boiling sap into rich maple syrup. It's fun to learn all about Michigan maple syrup production!
Ages: Fun for all ages! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Time: 10 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. Cost: $3 per child, $5 per adult, children under 2 Free! Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. the day before the program.
Did you know Vermontville is the original maple syrup festival in Michigan? It started in 1940 when local syrup producers met in a barber shop to figure out how to sell their products.
Location: 10445 Nashville Hwy, Vermontville, MI
Come on out to celebrate everything maple syrup! Several local syrup producers will be selling syrup, candies, crème, and treats like maple syrup cotton candy. YUMMY! Vermontville is one of the most popular Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals!
A word from Eliza Trowbridge, the 2023 Vermontville Maple Syrup Queen-Congratulations Eliza!
"This year, on April 28, 2023, the 82nd Annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival will once again transform the Village of Vermontville. There will be carnival rides, fireworks, two parades, unique vendors, a petting zoo, and even more in our own little village.
My name is Eliza Trowbridge, and I am the 2023 Vermontville Maple Syrup Queen. Some of my favorite things to do include: spending time outdoors, going to church with my family and friends, playing soccer, spending time with my horse, Lullaby, and of course, going to the Maple Syrup Festival! I have been attending the festival since I was three years old, and becoming the Queen is something I have always dreamed about. The Maple Syrup Festival is truly one of my favorite times of the year. I love how the festival brings together so many people of all ages and backgrounds, and transports us back to a time of wholesome, old-fashioned fun.
As Queen, I would like to share with you some of my favorite parts of the Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival. My festival weekend always starts at the Official Opening on Friday at 6 pm. During the opening, both the Grand Marshals and Queen and Court are introduced. Following that, there is an entertaining talent show with competitors ranging in age from toddler to adult. I have always enjoyed participating, and this year I will be playing the piano. Friday evening ends with an amazing firework show at 9 pm.
On Saturday at 11 am, another of my favorite events will take place – the Children’s Parade. This is a mini-parade in which all of the floats have been built by kids! It is a competition, and the winners are invited to participate in the 3 pm Grand Parade. If you would like to enter the Children’s Parade, the Vermontville Syrup Corporation Facebook Page has additional information. After the Children’s Parade, my friends and I head over to the Fire Barn to enjoy a brunch of pancakes, sausage, and maple syrup. We spend the day shopping at the Arts and Crafts Show and Flea Market, listening to music at the Main Stage, eating popcorn at the Maple Manor, visiting the Petting Zoo, and enjoying maple root beer, maple cotton candy, maple sugar candy, and much, much more! The festival hosts nine different maple syrup producers who all sell their own unique maple products. And at 3 pm on Saturday is an event that you do not want to miss – the Grand Parade!
My Sunday begins with church downtown at the Main Stage. The service starts at 11 am, and includes great music and an awesome message by Pastor Joe Benedict. After that, my friends and I enjoy a delicious chicken dinner sold by the Vermontville Lion’s Club. At 1 pm, the arm wrestling, egg toss, kid’s tractor- pull, and pancake derby competitions begin. These events are truly a favorite part of the festival for me. One of my best friends and I actually became friends at the Maple Syrup Festival years ago, and we have been participating in the egg toss together ever since. Although we usually get out on the second toss, last year we totally surprised ourselves and won!
Attending the Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival is something I absolutely love, and I know you will too. It is free to attend, and with such a wide variety of events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. I look forward to meeting you all. See you there!"
• 4-5 sweet potatoes, boiled in skins • 4-5 medium apples • 1/4 c butter • 1 c maple syrup • Pinch of salt • Buttered crumbs
Add pared, sliced apples to Maple Syrup. Add butter and salt. Cook slowly until apples are tender. Pare boiled sweet potatoes and slice half into well-buttered pan. Spoon half of syrup mixture over potatoes. Repeat. Top generously with buttered crumbs. Bake at 400°F until reheated and crumbs browned.
8. Kalamazoo Nature Center Maple Sugar Festival
Kalamazoo Nature Center Maple Sugar Festival - KNC's Maple Sugar Festival is Saturday, March 11, 2023
Location: Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Did you know the Nature Center has held events centered around Maple Sugar season since 1966?
You don't want to miss their pancake breakfast, guided tours of the syrup-making process, live animal programs, games and "sweet" vendors.
9. Making Maple Syrup Tours at Maybury Farm in Northville Michigan
Making Maple Syrup Tours - March 11 - April 2, 2023
Tours depart at 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, & 4pm $10 per person.
2023 Maple Syrup Day is March 18, 2023, 10 am - 4pm. Festival admission is free for children and CNC members; nonmember adults are just $5. Pancake meal timed-tickets are sold separately. Lots of activities and demonstrations. See the process of making maple syrup!
After parking, buying your ticket and getting your hand stamped, take a fun short wagon ride to the Sugarhouse to see where they boil sap into pure maple syrup.
Well, another sweet thing to do at the Chippewa Nature Center's Maple Syrup Day is enjoy a sweet treat of maple syrup mixed in ice and placed on a popsicle stick! YUMMY!
So come on out to Chippewa Nature Center for Maple Syrup Day with food and fun for all ages! You can also walk their trails!
One of our favorite Michigan Maple Syrup Festivals!
11. Maple Syrup Time at Stage Nature Center
Maple Syrup Time at Stage Nature Center - March 4, 11 and 18, 2023. Tours last approximately 1.25 hours and start every quarter hour between 9 am and 3 pm.
Location: Stage Nature Center, Troy, Michigan
Enjoy a guided hike through the sugar bush at the Stage Nature Center! Discover how maple trees make sugar and how it is harvested.
Learn how people processed maple sugar in the past vs. how we collect, boil and draw off maple syrup today. Enjoy maple syrup and maple cream to sample and a “take-home” children’s craft. Purchase Michigan-made maple syrup, cream, and more!
Pre-registration is required so visit their website today!
12. Maple Syrup at the Ford House: Tapped, Shaken, and Served
The Ford House: March 9, 2023 at 6:30 p.m Ages 21+
Location: 1100 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236
Come on out to the Ford House to learn about the process of making maple syrup! You’ll be introduced to techniques used to identify appropriate trees for tapping, take a short walk to their “sugar bush” for a tapping demonstration, along with a discussion on the process and history of making maple syrup. Then, check out the wood-fire maple syrup evaporator.
This event will conclude with maple syrup-themed cocktails (one per guest) and warm beverages.
Sarett Nature Center: 2300 Benton Center Rd. Benton Harbor, MI
Maple Sugar Magic - March 4, 2023 and March 11, 2023. 1:00 - 2:00 PM - See “how to” demonstrations on maple sugaring and stroll through the woods to learn how maple syrup is made. Learn to identify maple trees, how to tap and collect the sap! Plus, discover how to turn sap into delicious maple syrup!
14. Old-Time Maple Sugar Festival in Chelsea
Old-Time Maple Sugar Festival - Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd. in the Waterloo Recreation Area near Chelsea.
Saturday, March 11, 2023, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Take an exciting and informative guided walk to see how to collect sap, and boil it down to make delicious real maple syrup. Antique equipment for making syrup will be on display from the Waterloo Farm Museum so you can learn the history of maple sugaring. Yummy maple products will be available for purchase.
15. Fenner Nature Center in Lansing Michigan
Location: 2020 E Mt Hope Ave, Lansing, MI 48910
Fenner Nature Center's Maple Syrup Festival is back! March 25 from 11, 2023 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy a cup of hot freshly brewed coffee and a bag of delicious maple cotton candy as you learn all about the syrup season in the sugarbush! There will be stations demonstrating sap boiling techniques such as a Native American sugaring log, homesteader kettle, long pan and modern evaporators!
Discover how gallons of syrup is made! Be sure to purchase some sweet treats like maple candies, maple sugar, and Michigan maple syrup!
All-you-can-eat pancakes with yummy sides too!
16. Maple Sugaring at Johnson Nature Center in Bloomfield Township (Detroit Region)
Maple Sugaring at Johnson Nature Center: Enjoy a tour of their sugar shack, tap a sugar maple tree, explore the history of sugaring, and taste one of nature’s sweetest treats. Plus, enjoy a pancake breakfast! Registration is required.
Circle Back Farms sells their amazing syrup at Laurium Michigan's farmers market in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I grabbed this bottle while staying in the area and we just love it. Their farmers market is absolutely awesome, by the way.