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2015 Festival Moves to Brown County, Ind.

March 5 – 8, Come see what’s ‘sappening!

The sap will flow this spring like it has for centuries in Brown County, Indiana.  And this time you’re invited to join the festivities.

As the National Maple Syrup Festival moves to Brown County, March 5 – 8, it will expand to feature tree tapping, sap boiling, incredible foods and unique drinks using maple syrup as an ingredient.

The Dutch Oven Diva will cook, bake and have samples of her sweet and savory foods around a huge stone fireplace in Brown County State Park.  The rangers there will lead interpretive hikes, teaching how to identify maple trees in winter and spring.  Descendants of the Delaware and Shawnee will reenact how their ancestors made maple syrup on this land centuries ago, and, nearby, French Colonial reenactors will demonstrate how early white settlers made it differently.

The Story Inn

The Story Inn

The Story Inn will be home to the culmination of the Sweet Victory Challenge, a national recipe contest for youth and adults, involving nationally acclaimed chefs and food writers and bloggers we all follow.

Downtown Nashville’s Pioneer Village will come alive with demonstrations of early pioneer sugaring methods.  Nashville restaurants and retailers will focus on maple-related foods and wares, food and art artisans with candies, breads, chocolates, and other foods and art from maple sap and maple trees will line the streets.

Authors who have written on the maple syrup craft will be featured guests at dinners with foods and beers from maple syrup, bottles of Indiana-made pure maple syrup and loads of fun for adults and kids.

Ever had a pancake flipped onto your plate from 20 yards?  Chris Cakes travels the country making incredible pancakes coupled with a show like none other, and the Brown County High School is hosting that show both Sat. and Sun. mornings, March 7 and 8.

The Friends of the Library are hosting kids’ activities Saturday.  Decorate a maple-shaped sugar cookie, but don’t take it home.  Enjoy it there, along with all the other things that now make Brown County the place to be in springtime.

You’ve seen it in the fall, but you’ve never seen it like this.  March 5 – 8, come see what’s ‘sappening at the National Maple Syrup Festival!