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Errors in Booklet

There are 2 errors in the booklet that was delivered with the newspaper. Page 5 list Sat Apr 1 and Sunday Apr 2. Those dates were from last year. The same page layout was used this year and the dates were not updated. This years festival is Apr 7-8.
Page 13 lists the pancake eating contest as 12:30 AM. Clearly it should read PM. We do not plan on having the pancake eating contest in the middle of the night. 🙂

Northern Metalworks

just south of the public school, is having a demo day of their Northern Stoker Biomass Heating on Saturday April 7 from 9 am - 2 pm. You can park there, view the demonstrations then stroll up to the festival.

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

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


Ted English of Country Lane Belgians provided drivers and teams for the horse wagon rides for many years. Thanks, Ted, for helping to make the Festival special. You are missed.

Ken McLean wrote the Maple Syrup Festival song in the second year of the event, and his band played for many years. Thank you, Ken. Your contribution to the Festival is remembered with gratitude.

Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival – A Sweet Tradition

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Welcome to the 2018 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival! Now in its 23rd 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 farm. 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 11:30 am, 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.

And hey, do you like to eat? On both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy an all-day pancake breakfast served up by the Legion and Sunderland Freemasons, featuring – you guessed it – fresh maple syrup! On Saturday morning, try your luck at a Pizza-Eating Contest sponsored by Two Brothers Pizza, and on Sunday morning, a pancake-eating contest sponsored by the Roadside Country Diner! Oh, did we mention fresh maple syrup with those pancakes? You will also find hot dogs, hamburgers and other tasty treats available during the weekend. It’s a foodies’ delight!

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.

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Mayor’s Message

Dear Friends and Visitors:

Welcome to the 2018 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festive!

After a long and brutally cold winter, the signs of spring are a welcome relief. The warmer temperatures through the day have coaxed the gardens back to life and have the sap flowing in the trees again; this is the season of rejuvenation.

The Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival is an Annual Event that entices visitors from surrounding areas to visit our Municipality and to discover all that we have to offer; a fun family outing on a beautiful spring day. A tour of Harder’s Maple Bush to witness firsthand the preparation, the collection, the evaporation and the bottling process is an education and a “must see” for you and your family. An experience your kids will always treasure.

When you have finished there, come see the many vendors, enjoy a wagon ride through town and take in the varied activities. Enjoy an “all day” pancake breakfast at the Sunderland Legion or indulge in the ever popular Peameal on a Bun prepared for you by the Sunderland Lions and be sure to stop into one of our restaurants for a tasty dessert.
Special thanks go out to the many volunteers and the organizing committee for the countless hours throughout the year that go into planning this exciting event.

On behalf of Brock Township Council and residents, we hope you will enjoy your visit with us and like so many others we hope you will make this an annual tradition for you and your family.


John C. Grant,
Mayor of Brock Township