Pancake Eating Contest

Sunday 12:30

Pancake eating contest sponsored by The Roadside Country Diner.

$5 entry fee. 20 contestants maximum.

In front of the Roadside Country Diner.

Pancake Eating Contest Poster 2017

Advertise in the SMSF Booklet

2017 Cover Art

The Brock Citizen is currently working on the annual program booklet for the 2017 Festival. The great success of the 2016 program was due to the generosity of advertisers and with your support this years’ program will be as good or better.

The 2017 booklet will be in full colour glossy paper and will include a schedule of events, entertainment, races, food, pictures, recipes for maple syrup and much more. This keepsake publication is intended to draw people to the festival and designed to have a long shelf life especially with the inclusion of maple syrup recipes giving frequent exposure to your ad.

We will be distributing 15,000 copies with a distribution date of March 17th in Brock, and Kawartha Lakes.

Contact Bobby Trickett
(705) 324-8600 x260

We Need Volunteers

Let’s Work Together!!!

YOU need community hours and WE need your help!!!!

When: Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 3, 2016

Time: Saturday—7:00 am—4:30 pm
Sunday—7:00 am—4:00 pm.

Where: Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival—Main Street of Sunderland

What’s required: Good disposition & warm appropriate clothing as most of the time will be spent outdoors “manning” the road blocks.

Rewards: Almost 20 community hours completed in one weekend and a free pancake breakfast both days.

For more information—please contact Contact Dawne Duckworth at (705) 357-0361 or

Also—sign up sheets are in Guidance Office.

High School Volunteer Poster 2016
Volunteer Sign Up Form 2016

Sunderland Freemasons

by LYNN Campbell

peo_019How do you feed pancakes to up to 250 people at a time?

Bill Storry of the Sunderland Freemasons, King Edward Lodge 464 G.R.C., revealed their culinary secrets. The key to producing a large quantity of high quality food, he says, is good equipment. To make four gallons of pancake batter at a time, the Masons purchased a big bucket, and a 5 gallon pail, and a drywall mixer, which they power with an electric drill to make the batter smooth. They also have a special grill, which cooks up 18 pancakes at a time.

Over the past 18 years, Bill estimated that the Masons have served approximately 330,000 sausages and 220,000 pancakes to 110,000 patrons. That takes a lot of planning and execution, Bill says.

Its not unusual to have 200 to 250 people eating at the same time, he added.

pk_007Bill would like to give a pat on the back to member Cliff Foulds, who was part of the founding SMSF group. The Masons are in charge of the All Day Pancake Breakfast on Sundays, and the Legion takes over to feed the Saturday crowd. Both days, serving between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

This year, the local Masonic Hall on Albert St. will be one of the stops on the new Historical Tour being put on by the Sunderland Historical Society. In the past, the local Masons have also held a CHIP child I.D. program and an open house at the lodge during the festival.

For more information, contact R.W.B. Bill Storry at

Maple Sugaring at HARLAINE’s

by LYNN Campbell

paul_harder2017 marks the 21st year that Harlaine Maple Products has welcomed visitors to its sugar shack as part of the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. Hundreds of people have visited their farm on Concession 1 south of Sunderland to see how an old-fashioned product is made using the latest in modern technology.

Here’s the history of Paul and Betty Anne Harder’s family maple sugaring operation, as told by Betty Anne:

Douglas and Gloria Harder purchased the farm in 1954 from Vince Beaton (sons Jack and Jim) who had previously boiled sap at this maple bush, since 1933. Douglas started boiling at his parents maple bush when he was in his early teens, and continued on after purchasing the property. At age 87, Douglas passed away in 2004.

Paul and his Dad tapped around 500 to 600 taps in the 1970’s, all with buckets. In 1984, they put in the first pipeline with approximately 150 taps. The next year, the whole bush was on pipeline. They always had a used evaporator, approximately, 4×8, and boiled in the bush with no hydro until 1991, when a new building was built near the house. Now there is water and hydro for late night boiling. The building includes an evaporation room, a store, a kitchen and a small bottling room. Once this building was erected, we were able to expand and now have approximately 2,500 taps.

betty_anne_harderIn 2011, we finally purchased a new Lapierre Force 5 evaporator. It’s all stainless steel and very efficient. We still fire it with wood, and it can process approximately 250 gallons of sap an hour. On a good year, with many cold nights and warm sunny days, we can make approximately 1700 liters of maple syrup. We also make maple butter and maple sugar candy, for sale along with the popular maple syrup. During the festival years, we have seen over 4,000 people come out to the bush to watch the syrup being made. We have had people involved for the last 18 years of the festival, hosting bush tours, demonstrating maple syrup production, boiling sap in a large kettle as the pioneers did, and showing how the native people boiled sap using a hollowed out log and hot stones from the fire.

Harlaine Maple Products store is open during the festival, plus we have a booth on the main street of Sunderland.
In 2012, we hosted the first tapping for the Kawartha Haliburton Maple Syrup Association. We are also members of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association.

Harlaine Maple Products have toured the world and we are proud to be able to produce pure maple syrup: A Canadian tradition. As for recipes, we always enjoy fresh maple syrup on Old Fashioned Johnny Cake, maple syrup pie, maple butter tarts and maple apple crisp. Maple Syrup is also excellent on fruit and with carrots, squash and turnip. Maple syrup is very versatile and can be incorporated into most recipes. I try to hand out a flyer with favourites and I also sell a cookbook of recipes using maple syrup.

REMINDER: Get your bus tickets for a tour of Harlaine Maple Products at Sunderland Public School on Sat. April 1 and Sun. April 2 during the 2017 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival!