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Celebrate Spring enjoying maple in the County

mapleWith the first weekend of spring comes the Maple in the County festival. The 13th annual event salutes Prince Edward County’s maple syrup producers and invites visitors to learn about one of the oldest agricultural traditions in Canada.

Each year, visitors and locals enjoy a trip to the sugar bush to experience everything from lip-smacking pancake breakfasts, to sugar shack demonstrations, tours, maple kettle corn, wagon rides and more, throughout the County.

Maple in the County fans are encouraged to participate in a number of family-friendly activities. The Crystal Palace will be transformed into a Maple Artisan Marketplace including a café. The HUB will host an Arts & Crafts Centre for children inside, while kids can play outside in the Ice Zone. Free family skating on Sunday.

Live entertainment will be featured at the Regent with a special performance of Juno award-winning sing-along superstars of Kid’s CBC, Judy & David on Saturday afternoon. Recommends:

Vader’s Maple Syrup
Hosts: Todd and Susan Vader
1260 County Rd. 18, RR1 Cherry Valley
Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm
Tour of the County’s longest running maple syrup operations. Since 1910, the Vader family has been producing maple syrup on the south shore of East lake. Todd Vader, with the help of family, continues the century long maple tradition.
Enjoy displays of old and modern equipment used to gather and boil sap while being educated on maple syrup production.
A variety of pure maple products including maple butter, sugar and taffy will be available. Ty’s maple kettle corn will also be popped fresh on site.

Honey Wagon Farms
Hosts: Hallowell Fire Department
265 Sandy Hook Rd., Picton
Saturday & Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm
The Hallowell Volunteer Fire Dept. welcomes you to our the all-day pancake breakfast in support of the purchase of fire and emergency equipment. Check out the workings of a Pumper Truck & Rescue Vehicle (weather permitting). n the sugar shack, watch the boiling process in an open wood-fired evaporator. Enjoy a walk to the sugar bush. Bring the family.

regent-judy-and-david-m22JiggiJump with Judy & David
Live at the Regent Theatre presented by Picton Sobeys.
See Juno award-winning stars of Kid’s CBC, Judy & David in this fun and active music concert. Saturday, March 22 at 1pm.

Tickets $10, available at the Regent Theatre box office

The Regent Theatre | 224 Main Street, Picton
(613) 476-8416

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At the Crystal Palace,
375 Main St., Picton
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm

Ice Zone
Take a ride on the ice slide, use ice building blocks to create ice castles and forts, and have fun painting on the ice!

HUBbuttonChildren’s Craft Centre
Puppet making, face painting, t-shirt painting and other crafts facilitated by staff of The Hub Child & Family Centre.

The Hub Child & Family Centre is dedicated to providing the families of Prince Edward County with quality early learning and child care services.
Maple Artisan’s Market
Featuring more than 25 local artisans, the Maple Artisan’s Market is a one-stop shop for all things Maple. Maple syrup, baked goods, maple treats, handcrafted items, jewellery and more.

Family Ice Skating
Free indoor ice skating. Sunday 1pm – 3:30pm at
Picton Fairgrounds Arena.

Visitors should plan to stay the weekend
Enjoy an elegant historic inn centrally located in Picton that is walking distance to downtown shops. The Merrill Inn is a member of Ontario’s Finest Inns.
Those visiting Huff Estates may enjoy staying at The Inn at Huff Estates, nestled amidst a sprawling estate vineyard, the Inn delivers a tranquil setting and warm hospitality.

waupooswineryWaupoos Estates Winery & Sugarbush
3013/3016 County Rd. 8, Waupoos
613-476-8338 |
Saturday & Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm

8 am to 4 pm – Visit the sugar bush. Enjoy a stroll with the chickens, see miniature goats and have taffy on snow (weather permitting).
8 am to 11am – 3rd Annual Pancake Breakfast Buffet
11 am to 4 pm – Maple inspired buffet featuring maple ham.
11 am to 5 pm – Free tastings at winery featuring Maple Ice.

countyciderbuttonCounty Cider Company
657 Bongards X-RD, Picton
613.476.4295 |
Saturday & Sunday- 10am to 2pm
The County Cider Company will be open from 10am to 2pm both days. Join us for a Maple-Apple Crepe with whipped cream along with some hot maple coffee or sweet sparkling cider for $8.95 + tax. Sample own ciders and enjoy the breathtaking view over the lake

huffestateswinerybuttonHuff Estates Winery
2274 County Rd. 1, Bloomfield
613.393.5802 |
Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Enjoy Maple delights paired with fine wines at Huff Estates Winery. We will be featuring a salmon mousse topped with mascarpone maple cream in a phylo cup paired with our award winning South Bay Chardonnay and for thos with a sweet tooth, try our homemade maple dates squares alongside our late harvest Zero de Gris.  The play “God of Carnage” will be presented Friday & Saturday at 8pm at Huffs Estates Winery, 2274 County Road 1. Tickets $14

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  1. Sheila MacGillivray says:

    I grew up in Picton & am wondering if the Vader’s ship their maple products to Australia? Please advise. Thanks

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