Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Maple Syrup Festivals in Nova Scotia

It's Maple Syrup Season!!

Maple syrup is a regular flavour in our house, My kids adore pancakes and waffles with maple syrup, they even like to eat dinner sausages dipped in syrup too. I often get cuddles with a sweet and sticky maple child. 

Maple Syrup season is a great time to take a family field trip! Get out to see the sap running and celebrate at local a Maple Syrup Festival like the Dean Maple Syrup Festival.

In early spring, sap from sugar maples is collected and boiled down in sugar shacks to produce maple syrup and other delicious maple products.

Annually, promoters and organizers of the Dean Maple Syrup Festival offer tours through the woods to witness first-hand the process involved making maple syrup. After, visitors can enjoy home cooked meals while listening to some of the Valley’s finest musicians perform popular Down East ol’ time favourites.

That sounds like a fabulous day of Science, Music and Outdoor fun mixed together! What a great family field trip!

4 quick tips to make you a maple syrup expert so you can wow your kids with facts:

1.) It takes 40L of sap to make 1L of syrup (wow!)

2) 70 maple producers in Nova Scotia with over 300,000 taps! This creates 170,000 litres of maple syrup

3) Sap flowing in high volumes is called a “run” (and you thought the word only applied to toddlers and marathoners!)

4) Maple syrup is ten million times better than sugar in coffee (seriously, you need to try it and that is my official percentage)

momstown's favourite recipes that go well with Maple Syrup:

How to Make Snow Taffy at Home
Silly Snacks: Wacky Waffles
Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Butter
Maple Glazed Squash & Green Beans
Maple & Spice Biscotti

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