Now is a hot time to experience cool sugar maple tapping events and festivals. There is still plenty of time left for maple sugarin’ road trips this year.
At Indian Lake it’s going to be all about maple syrup and pancakes in a couple of weeks. Now that’s a winning combination that you can never go wrong with!
Come check out the 30th annual Indian Lake Maple Syrup Festival. It’s being held at Indian Lake State Park from 8am to 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday March 16-17.
Take a free wagon ride through the sugar brush. Watch a sap extraction demonstration and learn how sugar is extracted from a tree. Then head over to the Sugar Shack for a demonstration of the process in which sap is transformed into to maple syrup.
There will also be kids’ activities, vendors, free samples, living history displays, live entertainment and shopping.
The Indian Lake State Park and Indian Lake Development Corporation (ILDC) co-host this event each year on the third weekend of March. The event is free to attend. Breakfast is $7 per adult and $3 per child for all you can eat pancakes and sausage with real maple syrup, not that fake sugary stuff with artificial ingredients you buy at the grocery store.
All proceeds benefit the ILDC Sugar Shack Renovation project and the Fox Island Playground Fund.
It’s Maple Madness all throughout the area. Check out these other great events and festivals listed by Greene County Parks & Trails.
Maple Sugar Camp tours at the Narrows Preserve
Hike along the sugar brush trail at the Narrows Reserve in Xenia learning all about the history of turning sap into maple syrup. The tour ends at the sugar camp where you can see syrup as it is being made and receive a free sample. Offered through March 8. Free
Hueston Woods State Park – March 9-10
Hueston Woods Maple Syrup Festival – All you can eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $5.50 kids. Maple syrup tours start at noon. Hayrides.
Hocking Hills State Park – March 9-10
Hocking Hills Maple Syrup Festival & Hike-Tours begin at visitors center. Take a guided “Old Man Cave” hike and learn the different processes of making maple syrup. Noon to 4 p.m.
Malabar Farm State Park-March 9-10
Maple Syrup Festival at Malabar Farm – Free sugar camp and sugar house tours. Free samples of maple syrup. Live music. Noon-4 p.m
Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival – April 26-28
Bellbrook, Ohio. Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
These self-guided tours include to up 42 stops in 18 counties. Stops range from small backyard operators to large commercial producers. Pancake breakfasts are offered at some stops, horse-drawn wagon rides and informational demonstrations at others. For complete information and a map go to: ohiomaple.org March 9-10
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.