All Things Maple Last Updated 7/20
Maple season is a wonderful time in Connecticut! From early February to late March, you can find Connecticut maple farms hard at work tapping the state’s first agricultural product – and you can find all of Connecticut celebrating alongside them. From fun events, to syrup farms, to signature maple treats, Connecticut is marvelously maple. So, make it a maple day (or month) and check out these great ways to celebrate maple season in Connecticut.
See Syrup-Making In Action
Did you know that Connecticut is ranked in the top 10 maple syrup producers in the United States? So not surprisingly, our state is home to many magnificent maple syrup farms.
Take a tour or watch the syrup being tapped directly in front of you at these fantastic farms:
Exciting Events for Maple Season
Grab the family or a group of friends and enjoy some of the sweet festivities celebrating maple all month long! Check out these events for Maple Season:
10th Annual Maple Sugaring Demonstration & Pancake Breakfast, Bristol - February 29
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with all the fixings, pure local maple syrup, maple sugaring and Native American demonstrations, live animals, and children's crafts.
Maple Day, Farmington
- March 1
This event will feature tapping a maple tree for sap and boiling the sap over an open fire as part of the sugaring process. The historic house will be open for tours and the Welcome Center will host activities for visitors, along with other winter activities.
Maple Sugaring for Families, Ansonia -
This event is a presentation and introduction on how to make maple syrup the old-fashioned way. Families get to help us choose the right trees for tapping into this sweet treat!
Maple Sugar Festival Weekend, Stamford - March 7-8
Experience the sweetness of the maple sugaring season at this annual festival at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Learn how sap is turned into maple syrup, make a maple-themed craft, go on a scavenger hunt, and enjoy other activities including face painting, live music, and a teen chefs cooking challenge.
Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard, Canton - March 8
Learn the entire maple syriup making process from identifying the tree to the best part, tasting the final product.
Maple Festival, East Hartland
- March 14
This festival features live demonstrations of sap boilling along with live music, pancakes, cooking demonstrations.
Syrup Saturday, New Canaan
- March 14
Celebrate maple season at this fun brunch as well as other maple-themed activities.
Maple Sugar Festival, Washington
- March 14
This festival celebrates the traditional origins of maple sugar with demonstrations of the process of collecting sap and boiling it down into syrup. Guests can enjoy pancakes, coffee and orange juice while learning about the importance of maple syrup to local Native American cultures.
Maple Sugar Madness , Glastonbury
- March 15
Watch how maple syrup is made at the Welles Shipman Ward house in Glastonbury. Guests can sample pancakes cooked on an open hearth with the freshest maple syrup possible.
Maple Weekend, Maple Syrup Producers Association - March 21-22
During these two days, many sugar houses across Connecticut will be open for tours and selling their maple products. Learn how maple sap is collected and turned into the sugary products we love.
Plymouth Maple Festival, Plymouth
- March 21
A great event for families where children will get a chance to partake in the syrup making process from collecting the sap to watching the maple syrup boil on the fire.
Maplefest and Maple Bake Sale, Sharon
- March 21
This annual Maplefest celebration includes tours of a sugarhouse, demonstraitions of Native American sugaring methods, and lots of maple baked goods to go around!
Hebron Maple Festival, Hebron
- March 21-22
This celebration of maple-related events will teach you how maple syrup is made! Guests can watch demonstrations and browse maple products from local sugarhouses. The fun doesn't end there. Enjoy an antique tractor parade,
Tasty Treats for Maple Lovers
If you’re mad for maple and just can’t get enough, Connecticut is filled with hidden gems ideal for getting that sweet fix. From maple ice cream to cocktails to tasty appetizers, if you want it, Connecticut’s got it.
For a wide array of pickings, The Sugar House in Burlington has a variety of maple treats, including maple kettle corn, maple sugar coated mixed nuts, maple lollipops, and maple walnut caramels.
Maple doesn’t just have to be a food or pancake topping – it can be a delicious drink too! The Geronimo in New Haven and Fairfield serves a maple syrup cocktail, the Smoking Maple. Or try the maple syrup-based cocktails at John Davenport’s in New Haven, Craft260 in Fairfield, and Ristorante Roma Italiano in Oakville. For something really unique, try the Batcher’s Maple Bourbon at Litchfield Distillery, which is made through the process of aging craft maple syrup in retired bourbon barrels, then refilling them with straight bourbon. If you’re a coffee drinker, the Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret has a Maple Cinnamon Latte to satisfy all your maple cravings.
Maple Morning Treats
But of course, maple syrup would not be maple syrup without scrumptious breakfast dishes as its mate. Check out these great meals to make it a maple morning:
- The Peaches and Cream Stuffed French Toast at The Corner Restaurant in New Milford.
- The Signature Sloppy Waffle at The Sloppy Waffle Restaurant in Newington and Bloomfield.
- The Country Fried Chicken & Waffles at Harlan Publick in Norwalk.
- The Griddle Offerings at Mia’s Café in Pawcatuck.
- The Crepe Pancakes at Tony’s at the J House in Riverside.
- The Incredible Hulk, Whatta Waffle, and Girl Scout Cookie Pancakes at Magee’s Curbside Restaurant in Stamford.
- The Whole Wheat Apple Walnut Pancakes at The Hungry Tiger Music Club & Café in Manchester.
- The Challah French Toast at the Boathouse Restaurant at Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport.
- The Egg in Hole and Biscuit & Gravy at Bar Sugo in Norwalk.