Maple sap harvest underway at GCV&M

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After a long, cold winter, one of the first signs that spring is around the corner is the tapping of trees for the maple sap harvest. This March, visitors to Genesee Country Village & Museum can join in the fun during the Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast. 

The Maple Sugar Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Pancake Breakfast will have reserved seatings between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Fridays-Sundays, March 19-28. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Checking the sap buckets.

Guests can explore the Maple History Trail as it winds through the sugarbush and nature preserve, where costumed interpreters will demonstrate how various tree-tapping and sap-collecting methods evolved from the 19th century to today. 

A wood-fired sap evaporator in the sugarhouse will be boiling up maple syrup to be bottled and sold in the Flint Hill Store. After sampling “sugar on snow” at the Nature Center, guests can head to the store to purchase the syrup, as well as maple cotton candy and maple cream.

Tree-tapping practice.

In the Historic Village, Haudenosaunee storytellers will share traditional maple tales and costumed interpreters in the kitchens will cook up maple-inspired dishes. Demonstrations include late-winter crafts and trades like coopering, meat preservation and candle-making. 

The Depot Restaurant and Freight House Pub will be serving food. Flying Bison Brewery will be pouring its seasonal Maple Fat Ox Ale, in addition to the museum’s Stocking Hill Ale. 

COVID precautions will be in place throughout the festival. Breakfast tickets are separate from festival tickets. Visit gcv.org for information.

Cooking sap into syrup.