Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival
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Maple syrup is a world renowned treat made from maple sap. It was first collected and used by the indigenous peoples of North America. Later, the practice was adopted by European settlers who refined production methods. Over 80% of the world’s maple syrup is produced in Canada, so there’s no wonder this country hosts the world’s largest maple syrup festival – the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival.

Although the province Quebec is the largest producer of maple syrup with about 75% of global production, Ontario also produces maple syrup. A small town of Elmira even hosts a maple syrup festival aimed to promote this local delicacy and to celebrate the return of spring.

Elmira’s first Maple Syrup Festival was held on April 10, 1965. Organizers anticipated around 2,500 attendees and were very surprised when nearly 10,000 people showed up to treat themselves to some delicious pancakes with maple syrup. Naturally, it was decided to make the festival an annual affair.

Since its inception, the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival has become one of the most important festivals in Ontario and a major tourist attraction. With over 66,000 visitors in 2000, it was recognized as the largest single day maple syrup festival by the Guinness Book of World Records. The event regularly attracts visitors from all over Canada and abroad. It has welcomed attendees from the United States, Mexico, Australia, and European countries.

What does the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival has to offer? Its rich and diverse program includes a wide range of events for visitors of all ages. The festival features a craft and food fair, a craft show and sale, live music, games and contests, pony rides, film screenings, farm trips, interactive activities, sugar bush bus tours, an antiques and collectibles show and sale, a maple syrup contest, concerts and shows, the annual Pancake Mile, and more.

Literally loads of pancakes with golden maple syrup are served and devoured during the festival. Vendors also offer other treats such as baked goods, apple fritters, homemade maple syrup toffee, and more.

The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is a not-for-profit event managed by a committee and run by a team of about 2,000 volunteers. All proceeds are donated to support local charities.

In 2021, the event was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival




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