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St Albans Vermont Maple Festival sign welcoming fair goers to the city.

St Albans Maple Festival

In agriculture we celebrate every type of 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. Everything you need to know about the 2023 maple festival is available online.

Two black horses pulling a parade float during the Vermont Maple Festival.

When is the maple festival?

The 2023 St Albans Maple Festival will kick off Friday, April 28th and conclude Sunday, April 30th, 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 56 years, people converge on St. Albans, Vermont to join in on the spirit and celebrate with one another.

The Girl Scouts on their maple festival parade float.

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. Throughout the weekend events range from maple syrup tastings, maple creemees and donuts, to an 8.5 mile Annual Sap Run. Throughout each day there are rides, live music, and a multitude of options for all ages (Including a beverage tasting from 14th Star Brewing Co.). Check out the full schedule here to plan your trip and get a piece of the action.

What the regular tourist typically doesn't notice are the other events 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:

CDL USA

DGUSA

Lapierre USA

Leader Evaporator

H2O

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, 2023. Additionally, if you miss getting a peak behind the curtain of the maple process in person, consider following us on Facebook and Instagram. We plan on providing updates and videos throughout the 2023 season!

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