Details Coming for Sixth Annual Festival!

The sap will flow this spring like it has for centuries in Brown County, Indiana, and once again you are invited to be part of the festivities. 

The National Maple Syrup Festival will celebrate its second year in Brown County, and March 5 – 6 will feature tree tapping, sap boiling, incredible foods and unique drinks using maple syrup as an ingredient.

Modern-day syrup-making techniques demonstrated in Brown County State Park.

Modern-day syrup-making techniques demonstrated in Brown County State Park.

In 2016, the focus will move to Brown County State Park. While the Festival continues in venues around Brown County, namely in the Village of Nashville and The Story Inn, the 2016 event will appeal more to outdoor lovers, those looking for relief from cabin fever and families looking for fun.

As each piece of the Festival comes together, details will be added here. There will be more interpretive hikes in Brown County State Park, to learn how to identify a maple in winter, to see how trees are tapped, to taste sap, and to be able to ask questions of Park naturalists and others leading the hikes.

Native American and early settler interpreters also will explain early maple sugaring techniques, and more modern-day sugarmakers will demonstrate how syrup is made today.

Native American descendants, demonstrating early methods of sugarmaking.

Native American descendants, demonstrating early methods of sugarmaking.

Savory and sweet Dutch Oven recipes, using maple syrup as an ingredient, will again be prepared, with samples both educating and delighting guests around a huge stone fireplace in Brown County State Park all weekend long.

The Sweet Victory Challenge, the Festival’s national recipe contest for youth and adults, will again fascinate, educate and satiate guests through creative uses of maple syrup in a variety of dishes guests may sample alongside jury panelists deciding who gets national bragging rights…and some pretty sweet prizes.

Storytelling related to making syrup and those who made it.

Storytelling related to making syrup and those who made it.

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 again hosting that show both Sat. and Sun. mornings, March 5 and 6.  All weekend long, “Maple on the Menu” will return to restaurants and food establishments in the Village of Nashville and all over Brown County. Those menu items will be posted here as the recipes come together.

You’ve seen it in the fall, but you’ve never seen it like this.  March 5 – 6, come see what’s ‘sappening at the National Maple Syrup Festival!