Mar 20, 2018 07:25PM ● By Linda Ditch
Did you know that it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup? That’s just one of the fun and delicious facts you can learn when Maple Madness overtakes the Green in Woodstock. On Saturday, March 24, you can enjoy the taste of sugar-on-snow candy and view a maple tree tapping demonstration from 11 am to 1 pm. Maple butter popcorn will also be available. This event is free and open to the public.
That evening, there will be the annual Maple Taste-A-Round at Suicide 6 from 6 to 8 pm. You’ll enjoy the music while strolling from table to table, tasting food prepared by more than 20 area restaurants. There will also be door prizes, a cash bar, and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 10 years old.
This is also Maple Madness in Vermont when most sugarhouses are open to the public to demonstrate the making of maple syrup. Many will have samples of fresh syrup, maple candies, and other sweet treats. Some farms will also have pancake breakfasts, horse-drawn rides, and petting zoos. Best of all, you can buy maple syrup right from the producer.When sap comes out of the sugar maple tree, it looks and tastes like slightly sweet water. In the sugarhouse, the sap is boiled in a contraption called an evaporator, traditionally heated by a wood fire, though some producers have gone to cleaner-burning oil. When the sap reaches 219 degrees, you know you’re making maple syrup.