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Annual National Maple Syrup Festival in Brown County

Mar 01, 2016 01:06PM

A sure sign that spring is on its way is the return of the National Maple Syrup Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 5, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 6, in Brown County. Take a road trip south to the village of Nashville for some shopping, great food, fun activities and maple syrup.

There’ll be a Dutch oven demonstration with maple syrup treats for tasting, and Native American descendants teaching the ancient ways of sugar-making. The Sweet Victory Challenge, a national recipe contest sponsored by Burton’s Maplewood Farm, showcases the national winners and allows tastings of the recipes.

Nashville restaurants are hosting Maple on the Menu with many items featuring maple syrup. Local artisans also offer a variety of maple- inspired foods like ice cream, chocolate and breads.

Hikes led by park experts in Brown County State Park will help participants identify maple trees and extract the syrup, that can be tasted fresh from the tree.
For children, Brown County Library is hosting free activities on Saturday. The west side of the Nashville will feature live music and puppet shows, as well as a maple camp for kids.

There’ll also be shopping in boutiques with retailers and artisans selling kitchen supplies handcrafted from maple wood and maple sugar soaps.

Admission: $10; children ages 6 and under free; doesn’t include park admission. For more information on the schedule, activity locations and tickets, visit

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