The USA's Next Maple Syrup Festival Will Happen in...Indiana?
You may think of maple syrup as a fall comfort food staple to drizzle on pancakes, but maple-sugaring season is now. Celebrate the nectar of the season at the National Maple Syrup Festival, the "first and only National Maple Syrup Festival in America" dedicated to the gooey goodness.
Surprisingly, the fest, set for March 5 to 6 and 12 to 13, isn't in Vermont. It goes down in Medora, Indiana, a small town about 80 miles north of Louisville. Producers from syrup-making states all over the country attend to showcase their tasty product. It has some seemingly unrelated events to look forward to, like a man-eating chicken (wha?) and chainsaw-carving demonstrations. But we want to go for the sweet stuff. And it offers plenty, dishing out more than 6,000 flapjacks with 100 percent pure maple syrup—none of that imitation Aunt Jemima stuff—and maple-barbecue pork chops with maple baked beans.
After getting hopped up on syrup, learn how it's made on a guided tour of a sugar-bush farm, where you'll be educated on the process, from sap collecting to syrup processing. There's also a National Maple Syrup Taste-Off for syrup-makers and the Sweet Victory Challenge, for amateur cooks and bakers to try out their best maple-syrup-heavy recipes.
If you want to head out to Southern Indian to check out the sticky offerings, tickets cost $10 and $6 for kiddies.