Each spring, Leane and Michael's Sugarbush is open up to the public. The annual Maple Syrup Festival is FREE and features music, candle making, food, treasure hunts, tours of the trees, a lesson in syrup making and, of course, plenty of delicious maple syrup to purchase.
Although admission and parking are free, you will still want to bring your wallet. Handmade crafts, gifts and delicious meals are available for purchase.
Plus, you'll be tempted to pick up a bottle (or three) of syrup to bring home with you. It's the right place to stock up on maple syrup, there are different grades available, some for cooking others for pancakes.
Activities at Maple Syrup Festival
• Tours of the sugarbush every hour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Watch the sugary sweetness of sap cooking into the maple syrup you know and love.
• Indian & Pioneer syrup making demonstrations, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Mule drawn wagon rides for the whole family.
• Crosscut sawing. Challenge the kids (or a friend) and see who can saw through the log faster. Plus, you can brand your slice of the log with a maple syrup leaf and take it home as a souvenir.
• Mini museum of maple related antiques.
• Tomahawk throwing.
• Candle making for the kids with various wax colors.
• Craft vendors selling soaps, jewelry, clothing, instruments, handmade toys, jams, and more.
• Children’s game area and activity center with home-spun fun such as a maze of haystacks.
• Llama petting area.
• Music, there are musicians playing bluegrass music, folk instruments, and other regional favorites.
More food of the region!
Yes, there is food for sale at the Maple Syrup Festival
There are breakfast or lunch options available if you show up hungry.
Think pancakes or waffles topped with your choice of strawberries, blueberries or apples, chocolate chips, ice cream, whipped cream and, of course, pure maple syrup. Or opt for maple BBQ chicken, pork chops or a pulled pork sandwich. Pick one of the three and enjoy it with coleslaw, maple baked beans, roll, drink and dessert. Plus, the vendors on the grounds have snacks from time to time.
When is the festival?
The Maple Syrup Festival is a festival that takes place two weekends every year. The festival is always scheduled for the last weekend in February and the first weekend in March. Plan to attend any or all days, free of charge. The festival is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.
February 27 & 28, March 5 & 6, 2016.
February 28 & March 1, March 7 & 8, 2015.
February 22 & 23 and March 1 & 2, 2014.
Where is this Maple Syrup Festival?
Leane and Michael's Sugarbush
321 N. Garrison Hollow Rd.
Salem, IN 47167
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Pro tip: You may want to purchase your maple syrup to take home early in your visit. With all the maple syrup flowing, it is hard to imagine they would run out...but they do! There are different grades of syrup available for purchase. Different maple syrup grades carry different flavor profiles.
The sweeter lighter grades are often used to top stacks of pancakes while the darker grades are often used for cooking. These darker syrups are similar to molasses in texture and flavor.