For ten sweet years, the enthusiastic crew from the St. George Lion’s Club has been flipping pancakes at Westfield Heritage Village during the Sweet Taste of Spring maple syrup festival - 66, 960 of them, at last count! Served with a side of freshly grilled ham or sausage, with a healthy dose of maple syrup, these pancakes have become an annual tradition for many families who come out to the festival each spring. Priced at only $1.00 per pancake, this has got to be one of the sweetest deals around! The Lion’s Club crew will work their magic at Westfield every Sunday in March, with the festival running from 10:00 am. - 4:00 p.m. They will also be serving up pancakes during March Break, when the village is open for the maple syrup program on two days - Wednesday March 12 and Thursday March 13.
Pancakes are just one great part of a day at maple syrup time at Westfield. Free horse and wagon rides will take you on a tour of the village throughout the day. In the village’s Early Settlement area, you can learn how maple syrup and sugar were produced for generations by Canada’s First Nations communities, and how these techniques were shared with early European immigrants. At the D’Aubigny Inn, find out how early 19th century pioneers used a series of iron cauldrons to produce large quantities of delicious syrup. A picturesque walk into the sugar bush will lead you to the modern sugar shack, where you can taste some of Westfield’s very own maple syrup made using a modern evaporator. The tours and demonstrations run from 10 am. - 4 pm., Sunday March 9, 16, 23 and 30, as well as Wednesday March 12 and Thursday March 13.
Westfield is a special place for families, with something interesting to see and do around every corner. The village’s nearly forty heritage buildings are staffed by authentically costumed interpreters, who will take you back to earlier times and places. Children will enjoy taking a seat in the one-room, log school house and having a lesson about maple syrup. Stop by the General Store for some sweet treats and baked goods. In the spirit of the season, a variety of maple syrup products and other one-of-a-kind items will be available at the Gift Shop. A special feature on March 9 will be a demonstration of maple taffy making.
The Sweet Taste of Spring Maple Syrup Festival is a fun way for families to get out together and enjoy the day while learning about our past. Admission is $11.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and $6.50 for children ages 6-12. Children and 5 and under are free. For more information regarding this event and future Westfield events, call 519-621-8851 or visit westfield.heritage.ca .