Maple Sugaring in Connecticut
It’s maple sugar season in Connecticut! It runs anywhere from early February until late March, depending greatly on the weather. Cold nights and warm, sunny days are necessary to provide good sap yields. Local sugar makers and their many loyal customers eagerly await this annual rite of spring. Visit a local sugarhouse or attend a maple sugar festival this season to see firsthand how maple syrup is produced!
At Maple Sugar Madness at Welles Shipman Ward House, South Glastonbury, watch and see how maple trees are tapped and how the sap is boiled down to syrup. Tour the Connecticut River Valley mansion built in 1755, the English style bank barn, and the 1830 Tobacco Shed. See 19th century horse-drawn vehicles, and Glastonbury's first motorized fire engine. March 8.
Delight in the New England tradition of making maple syrup at the Maple Festival at the Plymouth Green in Plymouth on March 7. Tapping the trees begins at 10 am. Discover how to identify sugar maples, use an old fashioned drill to tap them, insert the spiles, hang the buckets, and watch the sap drip into metal pails. Sample sugar on snow, maple sugar candy and other maple products. There’s even a historical scavenger hunt for kids on the Green!
It’s a town-wide celebration of maple-related events at the Hebron Maple Festival, March 14 – 15. Learn how maple syrup is produced! There’ll be demonstrations and a variety of maple products from local sugarhouses. And there’s so much more to enjoy – an antique tractor parade, crafts, an ice cream-eating contest, face painting, a silent auction and lots of tasty treats including maple cotton candy, fried dough, hot dogs, chili, soup and more.
Celebrate the gift of maple sugar at the Maple Sugaring Festival at The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington. Learn about the technique of collecting sap and boiling it down into syrup. Enjoy pancakes, local maple syrup, coffee and orange juice. March 7.
For a sweet experience the kids will love, attend Maple Sugar Festival Weekend at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, March 7 – 8. Visit the little red sugarhouse on Heckscher Farm and observe firsthand how sap is turned into sweet maple syrup. See how trees are tapped and sap is collected, make a maple-themed craft, go on a scavenger hunt, have your face painted and more!
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