Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

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What are YOU going to do this weekend?            March 22, 2012
Celebrating the Sweet Stuff

Temperatures are way above average and while it may feel like summer, it’s really just spring, and you know what that means?  Time to head outdoors and participate in one of North America’s oldest and most beloved traditions – the incredible process of boiling sap from maple trees into the surgery syrup that we’ve all come to know and love. Savour the syrup and tap into the fun at these spectacular maple syrup festivals across Ontario.

For over 30 years, Elmira has been hosting the world’s largest one-day maple syrup festival. Save your appetite for the pancake tent, join a sugar bush tour and try your hand at the zany pancake- flipping contest. Arrive early and be sure to get the most of this fun-filled day!

Two great locations to enjoy this much anticipated yearly family event. Both Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area and the Kortright Centre for Conservation offer maple syrup sampling and informative demonstrations, guided tours, wagon rides and a delicious maple syrup themed dinner to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Join in the small community fun with activities galore! After touring Harlaine Maple Products’ sugar bush, grab a horse and buggy, and check out the arts and crafts show at Sunderland’s public school, showcasing exquisite fine art, unique jewelry and even painted totem poles and masks.

Come hungry and enjoy Prince Edward County’s culinary festival devoted to everything maple. Bite into a maple hotdog, nibble on a piece of maple cheddar cheese, or sample some maple infused dessert wine from the county’s local producers and festival participants.

There’s nothing like the smell of pancakes smothered in warm pure maple syrup. Springtime is the perfect time of year to celebrate our locally produced treasure and participate in some amazing community events. Fun for the whole family, there’s so much more happening at Ontario’s maple syrup festivals than just indulging in the sweet stuff! To find out more about exciting upcoming festivals and events visit our Festivals, Events & Shows category.

Featured Events
Piggy Banks
An engaging display of interesting piggy banks from the past, curated by the Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada.

March 1 - April 1 2012 (Southern Ontario)
Muskoka Arts & Crafts 35th Annual Spring Members' Show
Delight in the dynamic talent of over 100 local artists at this fine arts and crafts exhibition. Artists will be on-site to answer any questions you might have pertaining to their own work.

March 23-25 2012 (Central Ontario)
Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival
Do your part to prevent global climate change, and have some fun at the Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival. Last year, close to 4000 people enjoyed the spectacular musical evening launched in recognition of Earth Hour, a global event established by the World Wildlife Fund.

March 31 2012 (Southern Ontario)

Built in the mid-1800’s as a foundry and machine shop, Southworks Antiques is Canada’s largest antique mall with over 30,000 square feet of floor space.

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My Favourite Maple Syrup Festival Contest:
It's Spring and the sap is running (finally!). Tell us about your favourite Maple Syrup Festival for a chance to win a Bungee Jump or Ripride from
Great Canadian Bungee near Ottawa! Contest closes March 30, 2012.

Featured "Recipe"

Do you have a serious sweet tooth? Here’s the recipe for you that’s easy and sure to please.
Ingredients: 2 cups pure maple syrup, ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Here’s How: Bring the maple syrup to a boil over medium-high heat stirring occasionally until the syrup reaches 235 degrees F (110 degrees C) on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and cool to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C) for about 10 minutes, and then stir the mixture quickly with a wooden spoon for about 5 minutes. The mixture should be thick and creamy. Stir in nuts if you wish. Pour into molds. Set aside and cool. Remove molds and place in sealed containers for up to 1 month. Enjoy!

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