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Friday, 31 March 2017

Sweet Delight

It's a dismal, drizzly day in South Western Ontario as Spring goes out with a soggy wet splot.  Still, there is something to look forward to this weekend beside the promised sun and better temps.  This weekend it's the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival; the wolds largest single day festival honouring the life blood of the Canadian Sugar Maple.  The first festival was in 1965 so this year is the 52nd annual festival.  Tourists come from around the world to tour the sugar bush, observe the sugaring off process and taste the sweet results drizzled over pancakes made on site and so much more.  Gallons of the sweet treat will be served up and gallons more sold for sugar aficionados to take home.  If you are in the area best show up early to get a parking spot.

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  1. We have one of those in our area as well. It is a great tourism experience. While I'm not a fan of maple syrup per se, I do love the flavour added to certain things ... especially salmon, which my husband says desecrates both ingredients ...hah

    Do you go to the festival, Delores? If so, what's your favourite way to have maple surple?

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  2. We don't go...the hubs hates pancakes (can you imagine?) and also dislikes finding a parking place and then walking miles to get to the main site. I, however, have always loved maple syrup (maple slurple as my Dad would call it) and even though I have to be careful not to have too much I like it on ham, pork chops, yogurt and just about anything else you can think of.

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  3. I have never warmed to maple syrup. Perhaps because here we only got an artificial version for a long time. The real stuff is available now - at a price.

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    1. The imitation stuff is a poor excuse. Really now, don't you wonder who first thought to him/herself...\golly I wonder what that tree juice tastes like?"

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  4. I thought I was doing something "good" when I treated us to an expensive bottle of pure maple syrup one time. The intentions were good, but none of us liked it. I guess we were so used to only eating the fake stuff, the real stuff just didn't taste "right" to us.

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    1. And it IS expensive isn't it? It takes a lot of 'tree juice' to make a little bit of maple syrup. But....at least its 'real'.

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  5. I buy small 250ml bottles of "Queen" brand 100% Canadian pure maple syrup for drizzling on my pancakes. We have cheaper maple "flavoured" syrup which is acceptable when I can't afford the real thing, but I'm more inclined to go without pancakes if I can't buy the real syrup.

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  6. It seems that once or twice in my childhood I tasted real maple syrup. I remember liking it or I remember all the excitement the adults generated and decided it had to be good. Sorghum Molasses was another thing though...

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    1. I've used molasses in baking but I've never actually tasted the naked product.

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  7. Now that sounds like a tasty way to spend a weekend! :)

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  8. I don't think I've ever had maple syrup!!!

    Hope all those that went to the festival had a great time.

    All the best Jan

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