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Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival

Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival

Kids will delight in trying sweet treats such as sugar on snow at the Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival. This pioneer favorite is created when warm maple sap mixes with the cold snow. The festival will be held at Rockwoods Reservation on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival Three Kettle Station

Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival Three Kettle Station

Visitors sample granulated maple sugar at the Three Kettle Station during Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival. The station demonstrates how settlers produced maple sugar in the 1800s.

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Pots Boiling at Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival

Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival unlocks the secret sweets of trees

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Rockwoods Reservation annual Maple Sugar Festival is Feb. 4 with free fun for all ages.

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Pancake Samples at Rockwoods Reservation Maple Sugar Festival

Sample sweet treats from trees at Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival

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Maple Sugar Festival will take place Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the whole family at no cost.

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Sap Boiling at Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival

Sap Boiling at Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival

MDC Naturalist Terri Eggers offers samples of real maple sugar as sap boils in copper pots at the 2011 Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival, simulating the way colonists created maple sugar and syrup.

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Straining sap through a wire mesh coffee filter into a large blue water jug

Strain Your Sap

To keep bugs and debris out of your sap, strain it through a wire mesh coffee filter.

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Sugar on Snow at Rockwoods Reservation Maple Sugar Festival

Sugar on Snow at Rockwoods Reservation Maple Sugar Festival

“Sugar on Snow” is a unique, toffee-like candy produced when hot maple syrup mixes with snow. Visitors at Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival have the opportunity to taste this treat.

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four pints of maple syrup, graded from light on the left to dark on the right

Syrup Grades

Maple syrup is graded according to color and flavor. The lighter color and flavor syrups are generally preferred over the darker, robust flavored syrups and are also generally more expensive when purchased at the grocery store. But don’t worry about following the crowd. Personal opinion reign supreme on how light or robust you like your syrup. Try them all!

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Different kinds of maple sugaring taps and bits

Taps and Bits

You can buy ready-made taps or make your own. The lower left wooden tap has a hole drilled through the length of it. Get a drill bit the same diameter as your tap to make a tight-fitting hole in the tree. Small diameter holes work just as well as larger, but will heal faster.

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Trees yield sweet treats at Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival

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It’s a sweet time for family fun at Maple Sugar Festival.

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