Latest News 2017

Draw Prizes for the Free draw at the 2016 Sunderland Fall Fair

Northern Metalworks, just south of the public school, is having a demo day of their Northern Stoker Biomass Heating on Saturday April 1 from 9 am - 2 pm. You can park there, view the demonstrations then stroll up to the festival.

Free Admission

Make sure you visit the SUNDERLAND LEGION for our famous ALL DAY PANCAKES

People travel great distances each year to see what riches the little town of Sunderland has to offer. They come to join in the festival fun and to be part of a small town community filled with love, drive and spirit. Enjoy the exciting variety of events taking place during the festival weekend.

Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival – A Sweet Tradition

2017 Cover Art

2017 Cover Art

Welcome to the 2017 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival! Now in its 22nd year, this fun-filled event draws visitors from across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. We love watching our population boom during these two days, with people gaining an appreciation for everything that makes Sunderland special.

We are proud of our maple syrup farmers for upholding an important Canadian tradition by harvesting the sweet “liquid gold” that has been a favourite since the 17th and 18th centuries. Originally boiled down in iron and copper kettles, the sap is transformed into syrup nowadays with modern processing. During the Festival, you can purchase syrup and maple syrup products right on River Street – OR hop on a bus and take a tour of Harlaine Maple Products’ sugar shack. See for yourself how maple syrup used to be made with a native and pioneer display, and how technology has advanced production in the 21st century, courtesy of Paul and Betty Anne Harder.

We will also have buses to Salem Alpacas and Teledale Dairy Farm owned by award-winning Ted and Wilma Smith. Why not make the most of your agricultural / country visit? Bus tickets are available at Sunderland Public School, where you can take in an Arts & Crafts show and sale. Oh, and you’ll notice horse and wagon rides running from the school to the arena. What a fun way to get around!

This year, we offer our most popular events, plus a few surprises. For example, on Saturday morning, you can attend a Northern Stoker Biomass Heating demonstration at Northern Metalworks, just a hop, skip and jump from the school. Find out how new furnaces allow the use of grains, corn, pellets and other wood products for heating. There’s plenty of free parking. At 12:30, there will be bathtub races, which are a crowd-pleaser for sure. On Sunday at 1 p.m., the Lawn Tractor Pull demonstration is a must-see. Cheer on the 4-H members as they chug along Albert Street, just south of River Street.

On both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy an all-day pancake breakfast served up by the Legion and Sunderland Freemasons, and on Sunday morning a pancake-eating contest sponsored by the Roadside Country Diner! You will also find hot dogs, hamburgers and other tasty delights available.

Throughout the Festival, vendors will exhibit hand-crafted items, novelties, clothing and snacks on River Street, as well as downstairs at the Town Hall. While you’re there, enjoy live entertainment upstairs. Take the kids to the park for pony rides and a petting zoo, and to the Sunderland Historical Museum to add an educational component to your visit.

Whew! There’s a lot to do, and if you get tired on Saturday, Grace Baptist Church and St. Andrew’s United Church will have their doors open for a meet-and-greet so you can rest your feet, have a coffee and a chat before you continue your Festival adventure.

The Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival offers decades of tradition wrapped up in two event-filled days. Bring the kids, the grandparents, even the dog! We can’t wait to greet you and invite you to join in the community spirit that makes Sunderland such a great place to live and visit.


Sunderland Maple Festival Handout 2017

Visit the Schedule for a complete timetable

2016 Road Closures for festival

2017 Road Closures for festival
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Sunderland Maps

Mayor’s Message

03_V1_SMSF_MAR2015.inddDear Friends,

Welcome to the 2017 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival!

The warmer season is upon us as we transition into spring. The Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival is a tradition that family and friends attend on an annual basis to celebrate the offerings of this glorious season.

This event provides the perfect opportunity to see firsthand, the time and effort that goes into the making of Maple Syrup. Enjoy it on your pancakes at the Sunderland Legion for breakfast, enjoy a wagon ride through town, visit the vendors and enjoy all the activities that this venue has to offer.

Special thanks go out to the volunteers and organizing committee who work tirelessly throughout the year putting in countless hours in the planning and execution of this annual event.

On behalf of the Council and residents of the Corporation of the Township of Brock, we hope that you enjoy your visit to Brock and take time to explore and take in all that our communities have to offer.

Sincerely,

John C. Grant,
Mayor of Brock Township