Maple Syrup Festival in Full Swing
Are you looking for something fun to do with your whole family? Hurry to Westfield Heritage Village for their annual Sweet Taste of Spring maple syrup event for a great day in the country. The magic combination of cold nights and warmer days is the perfect recipe for making maple syrup, but this season lasts for just a short time before it’s over again for another year. So plan a trip to the sugar bush, enjoy a free horse and wagon ride and take in a reasonably-priced pancake breakfast before that sap stops running.
Westfield’s gorgeous rural setting is a fun place to learn all about how maple syrup was made in early Canada. In the village’s Early Settlement area, visitors can learn how maple syrup was produced by Canada’s First Nations communities, and what early European immigrants learned from them. At the D’Aubigny Inn, discover how early 19th century pioneers used a series of iron cauldrons to produce large quantities of delicious syrup and sugar. A picturesque walk into the sugar bush leads to the modern sugar shack, where you can taste some of Westfield’s very own maple syrup, produced in a modern evaporator. Westfield will be open for the maple syrup program from 10 – 4:00 pm on Wednesday March 18th and Thursday March 19th. The event will also run on Sundays, March 15, 22 and 29. The final program days will be Good Friday, April 3 and Easter Sunday, April 5th.
For the eleventh year in a row, the St. George Lions Club will be selling delicious pancakes, with either ham or sausage, and of course, syrup, throughout the day. A variety of maple products will be available at the Gift Shop. The General Store will be offering old-fashioned candy, hot cider and other treats for purchase. Free horse-drawn wagon rides will take you on a tour around the village.
Westfield is a perfect place for families, with so much to see and do. The village’s more than thirty-five heritage buildings are staffed by authentically costumed interpreters, who will take you back to earlier times and places. During the maple syrup program, many of the historic homes will be filled with the lovely aromas of foods being prepared with maple syrup. You can also visit the train station, one room school house, blacksmith shop, tailor shop and much more.