Monday, April 03, 2006

Maple Syrup Festival!

Big Bucket

Check it! That there is the world's biggest sap bucket! Impressive, huh? At my insistence, the whole family trekked out to sample a little small town fun at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday morning.

The Source of the Sweetness

Reducing Sap to Syrup

Did you know it takes 40 litres of sap to make one litre of maple syrup?

Setting Up Shop

I don't think I've ever mentioned here before that my home town is in Mennonite country. Above, you can see some Old Order Mennonites selling maple syrup from their buggies. Note the road sign.

Anyway, at the festival, you leave your car on the outskirts of the town, then you get a ride in on a big wagon pulled by a tractor. Fun! There are lots of food stalls selling apple fritters, sausages, and all kinds of maple products. The main attraction, however, is the pancakes.

PAAANCAAAKES!

Flip 'em!

Oh, they were so good, swimming in maple syrup... Tastes like Canada.

3 comments :

Ifan ap Mair said...

Andrea, you are a born photographer! Love the one of the pots on the fire making the maple syrup. And I just love maple syrup.

Hikaru said...

verr cute pic.

oh, hun, can you possibly find a sign to snap that says:

"MENNONITE AT WORK"

heh.

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Callum said...

dude! i loooooooooove maple syrup... i can drink the stuff, really. mmh i think i might have some now
*glug glug glug*

mmh, that refreshingly-warm maple syrup smell- i don't think i could cope with a forest full of maple trees; they'd have to chain me down...

was the sap bucket near full by the end?

ooh, and since you're canadian - I have some friends coming round for a wee pancake party (yeah, we are easily amused here). so, uhm, how do i make some pancakes just like the ones you have back in the ole' country?

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