Huron County’s newest food festival, Maple Mania celebrates local producers and local foods March 18 and 19th, 2023.  The following producers are participating by leading presentations about maple syrup production, hosting events and special guests. We ask that all guests register, even for free events, so we can work to accommodate everyone.    


34787 Pavillion Road, Bluewater

Open Saturday March 18 


Drop in anytime this spring when the steam is rising from the Sugar Shack!  

Tours are Free, but a donation to the Bayfield Food Bank will be gratefully accepted. Please bring cash.

10:00 am / 11:00 am / 12 noon
1:00pm / 2:00pm / 3:00pm and

Taffy on the Snow,

 11:00am / 1:00pm / 3:00pm

and, on March 18th you’ll also find some local vendors on site 10am – 4:00pm: Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, Bayfield Bakes and River Road Brewing and Hops.

Learn about processing by reverse osmosis.

1:30 – 3pm.   This event has been cancelled due to dangerously high winds projected by weather forecasters.

Education Coordinator, Denise Iszczuk, of Ausable Bayfield Conservation will be onsite from 1:30-3pm to take visitors on a family friendly walk through the sugar bush to look for and learn about forest animals, maple trees and the importance of trees for the healthy watershed.   Special thanks to the 12-member municipalities of the Ausable and Bayfield watersheds, and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation for subsidizing Conservation Education programs.

Your Hosts:
Brian & Dianne Brandon,
Thomas & Cathy Genoch


42232 Moncrieff Road, Blyth 

Enjoy the sights, smells, & tastes of this sweet season through a guided sugar bush tour!   

On Sunday, March 19, The Canadian Raptor Conservancy will be onsite with live Birds of Prey presentations at 10:30am,  12:30pm and 2:15pm. 

86252 Kintail Line
Goderich, ON

The boiling started early this year … Grab a maple latte and should the boiling still be occurring, join Ben by the evaporator to learn more about maple syrup production.

Grab a sweet maple latte and hang out by the evaporator with Ben or join others inside for live music with Phil Main.  

noon – 2pm.



43080 Hullett-McKillop Road, Walton

During the Festival weekend Freedom’s volunteers will be demonstrating “sugaring off” the old fashioned way on an open fire and kettle.

Freedom Syrup, established in 2010, recognizes the 158 troops that perished in the Afghan War and have raised over $200,000 in support of the families of Fallen Soldiers via the Support Our Troops Fund..


Freedom Syrup will be available for sale (CASH ONLY) as will honey from local apiarists Bee Kind Honey and fresh baked buttermilk biscuits (smothered with Freedom Syrup) from the White Squirrel Bakery of Exeter.

See the CTV news story for more information here: 


85357 Harper Line, Lucknow

Proud to offer Organic products and are certified annually by ProCert Organic Systems Ltd. We are also Inspected and certified Halal by ISNA Canada.

Informal tours are offered to visitors.

10:00am – 3:00pm

Maple Syrup is graded by its colour:

Grade A – Golden — Golden, Delicate Taste

Grade A – Amber — Rich, Amber Taste

Grade A – Dark — Dark, Robust Taste

Grade A – Very Dark — Very Dark, Strong Taste


77340 Orchard Line, Bayfield



Interactive tours of the maple sugar bush and operations, 30 – 45 minutes long.

Your Hosts:  
 . Shannon Crow
 . Conrad Schilbe
 . Eric Schilbe
 . Michael Telford 

Tours are Free, but a donation to the Bayfield Food Bank will be accepted.    Please bring cash.

Special Guest, Mike Henry, an Indigenous Food Historian from Kettle and Stony Point First Nation will be onsite to chat with visitors.   Time 11-2pm

Payment Options:  Cash, Credit or Debit.


82943 Burns Line, Blyth 



A Family-Fun Forest Walk & Talk:   Jayne Thompson, Communications and GIS-IT Coordinator from Maitland Valley Conservation Authority will lead you through the bush as she shares information on what makes a sugar bush special and early signs of spring (what are the trees, the plants, the birds and the insects doing right now?)

45 minutes – 1 hour

Please wear appropriate footwear; parking on the side of the road.