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Maple Syrup festivals in GTA with actual locally produced Maple Syrup?

bobbob911 Mar 25, 2013 12:14 PM

We went to Bruce's Mill on the weekend for the maple syrup festival, and there was literally no way to even be able to taste the syrup they were producing from those trees - everything they were serving and selling was made in Quebec :(

Are there any places in the GTA where you can try the syrup as its being made there, on the spot?

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    ylsf RE: bobbob911 Mar 25, 2013 02:41 PM

    You could check with Bronte Provincial Park. I seem to recall they served local syrup the year I went (this is like 5+ years ago though):


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      OldEater RE: bobbob911 Mar 25, 2013 03:17 PM

      Check this link www.globurban.com/maplestuff.html
      for local syrup festivals. Most of the smaller venues will have onsite produced syrup.

      1. justxpete RE: bobbob911 Apr 4, 2013 11:34 PM

        Does anyone have an opinion on what brands of maple syrup are best, and where I might get said syrup?

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          Nevy RE: justxpete Apr 5, 2013 05:10 AM

          We were gifted a bottle of McCutchen's maple syrup made in Coldwater Ontario. I believe the gifter bought it from the Royal Winter Fair and omg, it was so flavourful. We had grade A and B. It made the stuff out of Loblaws taste like fake watery syrup. The maple syrup was fantastic in my butter tart rendition. I do not know if they have a retail store in GTA but it looks like they have an online shop.


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            ylsf RE: justxpete Apr 5, 2013 05:46 AM

            The stuff mentioned in this thread a few years ago was really good, not sure what the current product tastes like though : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/770202

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              justxpete RE: ylsf Apr 5, 2013 10:59 AM

              lol, that's quite the write-up... do you know if they still have it, by chance? I'm not certain what to ask for... "Maple syrup in a bell jar"? Maybe best to just go there...

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            crawfish RE: bobbob911 Apr 5, 2013 05:13 AM

            Did you ask them why? I wonder if their syrup wasn't ready yet or just not enough. I have relatives who make syrup and where they are the sap has only just started running and it's very inconsistant. This is a natural process so you can't guarantee that Mother Nature will co-operate.

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              mk1234 RE: bobbob911 Apr 5, 2013 06:34 AM

              Not in the GTA.. but if you are out in Niagara doing wine tasting, not far from Henry of Pelham


              1. Davwud RE: bobbob911 Apr 8, 2013 09:39 AM

                Not sure about locally produced but we've been to the Elmira MSF and loved it.

                Unfortunately it was this past weekend but keep it in mind for next year.


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                  apple_pie RE: bobbob911 Apr 8, 2013 10:01 AM

                  When we did the tour at Bruce's Mill, they said that due to regulations, they can't actually serve anything they produce since there are thousands of people traipsing through the forest. The tour guide said most places either do tours OR produce, or they have a separate area where the trees being tapped for production are that are off-limits to visitors. So that may explain why you can't taste the on-site syrup in a publicly funded place like that - it's intended for demo purposes only and they aren't allowed to sell it.

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