Pancake eating contest sponsored by The Roadside Country Diner.
$5 entry fee. 20 contestants maximum.
In front of the Roadside Country Diner.
The winner receives a ribbon and a year’s worth of bragging rights.
- New for 2018 – there will be a separate category for kids
- Contestants must not touch PANCAKES until the start signal
- Must consume entire pancake to be counted
- 5 contestants at a time will be given a stack of pancakes
- First to finish their stack wins that round.
- Visible signs of sickness will result in disqualification.
- The first round winners then will have a final round to pick the winner.
Arts & Craft Show/Vendors
This year's Arts & Craft show located in the Sunderland Public School has an exciting line-up of vendors, including both repeat and new vendors. Our featured artisans offer everything from art-on-glass and candles to jewellery and pottery to Tole art and woodworking crafts. The list seems endless!
Come and talk with these exciting vendors and enjoy their handiwork.
- Alicia Moore - Alicia’s Designs
- Karen Carey - Pampered chef
- Debbie Grasby-Smith - The Blue Leopard Face Painting
- Dawn Smith - Diva Gem Creations
Centre of town at High Noon The Junior Farmers’ have decided this year to have bath tub races so Clean up your Act and join in the fun. Make that bath tub real pretty, dress up with a wild imagination and win BEST DRESSED
Call David Jibb, President of Durham West Junior Farmers Call 705-357-3040 (home) or 705-340-0312 (cell) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how your team can enter and win fabulous prizes in this Saturday crowd pleaser!
From 11 am to 2 pm
20 Church Street South
by LYNN Campbell
2017 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.
In 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 7 and Sun. April 8 during the 2018 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival!
Salem Alpacas Farm
Saturday – Salem Alpacas & Harlaine Farms
Sunday – Salem Alpacas & Harlaine Farms
2018 marks the 24th year that the Sunderland Maple Syrup festival has offered bus tours at an economical price.
This year, tour buses will be visiting Harlaine Maple products and Salem Alpacas. Two local businesses help make the annual bus trips happen. Stock Transportation provides the buses and the drivers, and the staff from the CIBC bank in Sunderland take on the responsibility of ticket sales.
CIBC Manager Jodi Buck says, “We love our community and we want to be part of our community.” “We are thrilled that the proceeds all go to the community. We all benefit greatly from the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival and the wonderful work it does.”
“Everyone likes jumping on the bus and going on the tour together,” said Sharon Graham, Charter Coordinator at Stock. “It gives people from out of town a chance to see our community and what it has to offer.” Visitors from as far away as Windsor have joined the thousands of people who take the Stock bus to Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival trip destinations.
Maureen Nicholls, Operations Manager at Stock, pointed out how much the festival has grown over the years. Usually two buses run, but sometimes it is necessary to add more. Local drivers Harry Sarvis, Angela Hubers and Al Simpson have been providing transportation for the Festival every year since it started. Stock has even had a bus driver from Pickering volunteer to participate. “He wanted to be part of it,” said Maureen.
“We have our business in the community and we want to show our support for the festival,” she added. Driver Angela Hubers always looks forward to the Festival. Taking people on the tours “is fun,” she commented.
an Exciting Annual Event
The 4-H Club’s Lawn Tractor Pull is one of the favourite annual events at the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival.
This year the action gets underway at 11:30 on Sunday, April 8 at the corner of Albert St. near River St.
The lawn tractors are modified by the 4-H members themselves, and designed to pull weighted sleds. The SMSF event will be a demonstration only, but it’s good practice for the 4-H kids who will be entering competitions later in the year.
This attraction is lots of fun for visitors to watch, and even more fun for the competitors!
Sponsored by Flindall’s Freshmart
We do things a bit different in the north. This is the 4H tractor pull from the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival on April 7, 2013.