In agriculture we celebrate every harvest, dairy festivals, cheese festivals, peanut festivals, pumpkin festivals… I think you get my point. In Franklin County, Vermont we celebrate the maple harvest with the annual St Albans Maple Festival. However, for the second year in a row due to COVID-19 precautions, the 2021 maple festival is canceled. This does not mean that local sugarmakers, restaurateurs, and patrons are going to let the spirit die out. Organizers hope that residents will patronize local restaurants, fans will look to the websites of their favorite maple producers, and we can salvage some of the energy from two lost years.
When is the maple festival?
Traditionally, the St Albans Maple Festival is an annual maple event that takes place at the end of April, a time that typically ends the maple season for most producers. Sugarmakers take a breath, a moment to reflect, and a three-day weekend to celebrate and enjoy the festivities that surround the conclusion of the maple harvest. For the past 50 years, people converge on St. Albans, Vermont to join in on the spirit and celebrate with one another.
Who are the maple festival attendees?
Tourists, 30 to 40,000 by recent estimates, annually flock to the Vermont Maple Capital for the food, fun, contests, and other activities. The Vermont Biz Magazine includes the St Albans Maple Festival in its' top Vermont April Events, and it is no surprise if you've ever been yourself.
What the regular tourist typically doesn't notice is the other event going on side by side. The support services for the maple industry host a number of informational events, equipment showcases, and seminars that bring in sugarmakers from across the country. Some of the most up to date techniques and practices are learned at events such as this, as well as discounted machinery and equipment. It also helps that more often than not attendees are served up a wonderful catered meal. Here is a list of the maple industry experts located in our area who are instrumental in putting these events together:
Discount Maple Syrup
Even in normal times not everyone can make it to the maple festival, this year not withstanding. If that describes you, don't worry, we want you to enjoy the best part of the festival, and that's real Vermont maple products at a great price. Use coupon code MAPLEFESTIVAL at checkout and save 15% on maple syrup and maple products, available until May 31st, 2021. Additionally, if you miss getting a peak behind the curtain of the maple process, consider joining our first Sugarmaker Series at this link. We plan on providing updates and videos throughout the 2021 season. The best part is it's all free!