It’s the first harvest of the year and by far the sweetest! Volunteers were hard at it flipping flapjacks and ladling Prince Edward County maple syrup on to them at Friday’s kick-off event for the 16th annual Maple in the County celebration.
The self-guided tour runs March 25 and 26 this year.
Twelve sugar bushes will take part this year and there will be all kinds of other activities for the entire family spread throughout The County.
Ron and Janice Hubbs hosted this year’s kick-off event at Hubb’s Sugar Bush, just off of Rednersville Road.
Among the speakers standing on a steaming boiler while maple sap was being turned into syrup was MP Neil Ellis, County Mayor Robert Quaiff, and former MP Lyle VanClief.
Current MP Ellis said it was events like Maple in the County that provided a major boost to the whole region’s economy.
Mayor Quaiff was happy to be able to say that he was asked several times about when Maple in the County was coming up during the Ontario Good Roads Convention in Toronto this week.
Lyle VanClief, speaking on behalf of Lake Lodge and the county’s Masons, said Lake Lodge members were proud to be hosting their 40th pancake and sausage breakfast this year, with most of the proceeds going to various local charities and healthcare organizations.
The Lake Lodge breakfast is held at Hubb’s Sugar Bush and last year the Masons served around 2,000 people.
For more information on the event including a map of participating sugar bushes click here.