Across Muskoka, crisp, cool nights are followed by days filled with warm sunshine – it’s the perfect time to get outside after a cold winter. And even better, this beautiful time of year creates the ideal conditions for making maple syrup. The Muskoka Maple Trail is in full swing and it’s time to make plans to windup the season in style. On Saturday April 27, head to historic downtown Huntsville for the sweetest event of the year – the Muskoka Maple Festival!
The Muskoka Maple Festival is a family-friendly event full of fun and activities, vendors and displays, live music, street performers and, of course, so much delicious food!
Are you ready to be hungry? At the festival, you can visit the Muskoka Maple Market and sample incredible dishes from many local Muskoka businesses. How do Charbroiled Pork Back Ribs with Maple Molasses BBQ Sauce sound? How about Maple Bacon Grilled Cheese or Maple Chili? Looking for something on the sweeter side? You can also try many different Maple Butter Tarts, Maple Brownies, Maple Cookies, Maple Sundaes and so much more!
After enjoying all that food, you may be thinking you need a nice refreshing drink. Good thing you can head to the Maple Festival’s Beer Garden to experience yet another unique maple-inspired creation. Muskoka’s five craft breweries, Canvas Brewing Co., Clear Lake Brewing Co., Lake of Bays Brewing Co., Muskoka Brewery and Sawdust City Brewing Co., have collaborated to create a beer to celebrate the season. The result is Pancake Breakfast Specialty Maple Ale, made with fresh maple sap and syrup from Sweetwater Maple Syrup Supplies and Sugarbush. This limited batch brew is a toasted golden-brown ale that is inspired by a perfectly flipped pancake. With a doughy malt centre, aromas of cinnamon and vanilla lead the way while the maple syrup provides a rich body and lingering sweet finish.
Are you looking for more than just food? The Muskoka Maple Festival also offers up a day full of entertainment! Stop by to enjoy live music on the NyDock Stage and street performances by the Mystery Entertainer Lukas Stark, the Funniest Strongman Mighty Mike and Rock N’ Roll Stuntman Steve Goodtime!
The Kiwanis Club of Huntsville is once again returning to host the Kiwanis Sap Run – the perfect way for the kids to burn some energy and bolster their appetite! For just $20, kids aged 3-13 years old can enjoy the Fun Run in both 500 metre and 1 kilometre distances. Registration also includes a free Pancake Breakfast! Registration is now open online here.
New this year, 3 Guys and a Stove is offering you the chance to finish your Maple Festival in style as their dinner menu is infused with maple syrup for the Muskoka Maple Marche! For one night only, Chef Jeff is bringing the sugar shack to the table with a delicious line-up of creations like roasted ham, seared Atlantic salmon, spicy maple pumpkin pie, and mouthwatering crepes, all with a unique maple twist. Click here to get your tickets in advance.
Mark April 27 on your calendar and plan to head to historic downtown Huntsville for the 2019 Muskoka Maple Festival. Bring your appetite and sense of adventure, as you will discover pure maple syrup, maple beer, and unique maple inspired dishes from sweet to savory and back again. And don’t forget there is a long list of entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy live music, buskers and street entertainers performing throughout the day. Come hungry and join this spring’s sweetest party – the Muskoka Maple Festival!
Admission is $5, free for kids 12 & under. For more information visit the Muskoka Maple Festival website.