The 2016 Vermont Maplerama will take place at the state’s “gateway” of Windham County in West Dover, July 28-30. The event is hosted by the Windham County Maple Sugar Makers Association.
Located at the Grand Summit Resort at Mount Snow, the Maplerama will celebrate Vermont’s maple sugaring heritage, as well as show off the latest technology and industry trends. In Windham County, a maple operation can range from collecting sap the old-fashioned way using horses, buckets to a wood-fired evaporator to a 25,000-tap business utilizing state-of-the-art high vacuum systems, reverse osmosis and a steam-powered evaporator.
This year’s event features tours of at least 12 sugarhouses, an evening awards banquet with presentations to outstanding maple industry contributors and comedian Bucky Lewis who will perform following the dinner. Other highlights include a trade show featuring maple equipment and supply vendors, maple products contest and silent auction. The final will feature more sugarhouse tours, visiting vendors and a barbeque luncheon with the option of riding the chairlift to the top of Mt. Snow. Attendees will be able to take in views of the summit and grabbing one of the many maple-based beverages at the Bullwheel Tavern.
For more information, contact the UVM Extension Maple Mainline.
All events at Sundance Base Lodge unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, July 28
5 – 9 p.m. Registration and Tradeshow
5 p.m. Silent Auction bidding opens
5 – 9 p.m. Maple Contest entries
6 – 9 p.m. Cash Bar and Appetizers
Friday, July 29
6 – 8 a.m. Registration and Tradeshow
6:30 – 8 a.m. Full Breakfast: Grand Summit Resort Hotel
6:30 – 8 a.m. Maple Contest entries
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tours: East side of Windham County
4:30 – 6 p.m. Cash Bar and Tradeshow
5:30 p.m. Silent Auction bidding closes
6 – 7:30 p.m. Banquet and Awards: Grand Summit Resort Hotel
7:30 p.m. Entertainment with Comedian Bucky Lewis: Grand Summit Resort Hotel
Saturday, July 30
6:30 – 8 a.m. Registration and Tradeshow
6:30 – 8 a.m. Pancake Breakfast: Grand Summit Resort Hotel
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tours: West side of Windham County
2 p.m. BBQ: Grand Summit Resort Hotel and free chairlift rides to summit