National Pride - and tasty family fun!
Maple time. We all love it, we wait for it all year long. It is nature's way of rewarding us for getting through another snowy, cold winter! We deserve it and not only is it delicious, but as Canadians, we know how to celebrate it and have a good old time!
It starts when the oudoor temperature gets above zero and the sap starts to run up the maple tree. The tree is tapped by maple product producers and collected in buckets or in tube systems. The sap is then boiled to varying degrees of sweet and thick deliciousness.
Not only is it the time of year to replenish your stock of real maple syrup for the year ahead, no mass produced factory syrup even compares, but the whole process is celebrated with visits to maple sugar shacks and demonstrations, pancake breakfasts, maple taffy on ice or snow, horse drawn wagon rides and a celebration of our national pride for maple!
Fresh, Tasty...and addicting!
Maple festivals are happening in many areas north of Toronto throughout April and March. These events offer a great family day trip or stay a few days in the area and have a fun spring family getaway.
Featured Maple Festival:
Pancake Breakfast at Sugar Ridge Retreat in Wyebridge - March 17, 2013
Enjoy all-you-can-eat organic pancakes and smell the sweet smell of syrup on our tour of the syrup production. Cost is $9 per adult and $3 for kids 12 and under.
Sweetwater Festival at Wye Marsh in Midland - April 20, 2013
Maple is more than just a pancake topper. Getting kids in the kitchen is always a great activity to keep them busy. Go beyond pancakes, waffles and french toast. Older children, with some assistance, are capable to help create some really fancy and tasty treats.
Try this recipe given to us by Chef Andre Sanche of Ciboulette et Cie. located in downtown Midland.
Tasty treats at Ciboulette et Cie.
Ciboulette et Cie (Chive and Company) is known for its delicious home-style meals and baked goods. Chef/Owner Andre Sanche ensures that his food is made with the most fresh, in-season, and local ingredients available, by partnering with local farms and dairies.
It doesn't stop there; everything in the shop is sourced as locally as possible. From the fine food products on the shelves, the staff's aprons, the photographs on the wall, the flowers on the table and more.
Visit Ciboulette et Cie and taste for yourself what the area has to offer.
Stay tuned for more maple family fun in the coming weeks!
Feel free to send us your favorite family maple recipes or let us know how yours turned out.