April 2 and 3, 2016
Thanks to everyone for supporting the 2016 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. It was a chilly event but many hearty people came out and enjoyed the event. See you in 2017.
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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.
Latest News 2016
- Maple Syrup Production: Did You Know?
- 2015 Festival Photos
- Returning for another Year - Tractor Pull
- Gable Bros Amusements Midway Rides
- Maple Sugaring at HARLAINE's
- Sunderland Freemasons and ALL DAY PANCAKES
- Kyle Livingston - Master Illusionist
- Maple Syrup and Salem Alpacas Tours
- We Need Volunteers
- Grace Baptist Church - Open House
- St. Andrew's United Church - Open House
Event Information Sheets
- Supporting our Community
- Visit our Facebook page
- Vendor Directory
- Festival Poster 2016
- Map Road Closures 2016
- Sunderland Maple Festival Map 2016 PDF
- Supporting the Community
- Local Accommodations
- Bath Tub Poster 2016
- Advertise in the 2016 SMSF Booklet
- Best Dressed Dog Contest 2016
- Sunderland Maple Festival Walk Around Guide 2016
Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival – A Sweet Tradition
Sunderland may be a small town, but we know how to celebrate “big” when it comes to showcasing the sweet “liquid gold” harvested at our local farms. In addition to the chance to buy maple syrup and maple syrup products, the annual Festival invites families to enjoy a kaleidoscope of activities. It’s a feast for the senses, from start to finish.
Begin on River Street, where you will find a variety of vendors selling everything from hand-crafted items to novelties, clothing and snacks. And speaking of food, Sunderland Legion Branch 141 features All Day Pancakes with fresh local maple syrup, served up by the Legion and Sunderland Freemasons. You’ll also smell burgers and hotdogs grilling on barbecues as you stroll along the street. You might catch the fascinating talent of master illusionist Kyle Livingston, who will be on hand to amaze from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At the east end of River, at Albert Street, discover live entertainment on the outdoor stage both days, including three sets by the Wolfgang Brothers on Sunday. This intersection is also the start of the ever-popular Sunday 4 H Club’s lawn tractor pull along Albert. Oh, and if you’re there around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, you’re in the perfect place to watch the Bath Tub Races get underway.
Once you’re on Albert, it’s a brief stroll to Sunderland Public School, where more than 40 arts & crafts exhibitors will showcase their wares. It’s the perfect spot to shop for unique gift items for loved one … or yourself! Throughout the two days, there will be horse and wagon rides from the school to the arena. What a fun, handy way to get around!
At the other end of River Street, in the Town Hall at the corner of Church Street, enjoy the Fine Art Show that exhibits the work of local talent. Head toward the arena, and you’ll enter the Sunderland Fairgrounds, where a well-loved midway show will tickle kids of all ages. Hear the laughter and excited screams coming from the rides, and breathe in the scents of goodies being whipped up in the food concession trucks. If you’re there on Sunday, be sure to go inside the arena for a special “Zoo to You” animal exhibit.
Grace Baptist Church (Saturday) and St. Andrew’s United Church (Saturday only) will have their doors open for meet-and-greet open houses. Rest your feet, have a chat and gear up for the next leg of your Festival adventure.
A rope-making demonstration, pony rides … but WAIT … There’s more! To make your Festival experience complete, purchase a Stock Transportation bus ticket from the staff at CIBC in Sunderland and treat yourself to a tour of Harlaine Maple Products’ sugar shack. See 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.
This year’s bus tour will also include stops at Salem Alpacas in Manilla and Teledale Farms (Saturday only), operated by award-winning couple Ted and Wilma Smith, in Sunderland.
There you have it: decades of tradition wrapped up in two event-filled days. Come join in the community spirit that makes Sunderland such a great place to live and visit!
When the last snow begins to disappear, the buckets appear on the maple trees. Time to boil and make maple syrup. Plus five degrees during the day and minus five at night is the best time to gather the sap. lt will take forty litres of maple sap to make one litre of syrup.
The Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival is an annual celebration of the arrival of Spring. A time to enjoy with family and friends. There are many activities planned for Festival weekend, and I would like to recognize the many volunteers that make this event a success.
We welcome all visitors and I trust you will enjoy your stay with us and take in all that the Township of Brock offers.
John C. Grant,
Mayor of Brock Township