The 48th annual Vermont Maple Festival will be held April 25-27, 2014. Visitors will flock from throughout the U.S. (and from other countries as well) to downtown St. Albans for maple treats, maple learning and maple fun at the end of maple time in Vermont. The theme is Vermont Maple: Simply the Best. There's always something for everyone.
Much of the event is without cost and handicapped-accessible. Among the many attractions for guests are the Exhibit Hall, sugarhouse tours, Main Street Entertainment Stage, crafts, specialty foods, youth talent, antiques, fiddlers' variety shows, carnival, pancake breakfasts, Sap Run Road Race, cooking demonstrations, contests, face painting, parade, maple creemees, sugar on snow, maple cotton candy, activities for children and much more. For more information, visit www.vermontmaplefestival.org
More about the official Vermont Maple Festival:
- From the very beginning, the festival has been organized and run by a volunteer board of trustees, assisted by additional volunteers--a feature somewhat unique among events as large as the festival.
- Over the years, the festival has grown to include a wide variety of events under the theme of Vermont Maple. The events have appeal for diverse ages and interests.
- The colorful activities surrounding the Vermont Maple Festival have attracted the attention of prominent media sources: Food Network, "1,000 Places in the U.S. and Canada to See Before You Die," and most recently the book "Amazing Festivals: Hundreds of Small Town Celebrations."
- The timing of the festival is perfect for a celebration: Winter has pretty much lost its grip, the Green Mountains are "greening," the hard work of sugaring is mostly over, and there is new syrup to sample, sell and enjoy. Three days are set aside from farm chores to celebrate with family, friends and visitors.
- Recent scientific and nutritional information indicates that pure maple syrup offers health benefits that are not present in other sweeteners. The 2014 Vermont Maple Festival will feature the latest information.
- For the eighth year in a row, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has chosen the Vermont Maple Festival as a "Top 10 Spring/Summer/Fall Event."
- Former Vermont secretary of agriculture and historian Roger Allbee has said, "Maple is the soul of Vermont." Readers and viewers can experience the soul of Vermont personally or vicariously, either by visiting or being exposed to the Vermont Maple Festival through media sources.