Welcome to the 2019 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival!
As a long-time resident of Sunderland, it has been my pleasure to participate in and watch the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival continue to thrive each year.
The Festival provides visitors with many engaging, family friendly opportunities including: experiencing modern maple syrup production, visits to local farming operations, art shows, bathtub races, delicious food, vendors and so much more! How wonderful it is to see neighbours, family and friends – old and new, gathering together in support of this amazing community event, creating sweet memories.
This event would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the organizing committee and many volunteers. Thank you for all that you do.
On behalf of the Council and residents of the Corporation of the Township of Brook, we invite you to explore the Township of Brock and enjoy your time at the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival.
Township of Brock
Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival – A Sweet Tradition 2019
Welcome to the 2019 Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. Now in its 24th year, this well-loved event attracts visitors from Toronto, Durham Region and the rest of the Greater Toronto Area – and even beyond! This is a great opportunity to discover the many things that make Sunderland special while celebrating the time-honoured Canadian tradition of making maple syrup.
Our maple syrup farmers are proud to carry on producing the “liquid gold” that has been enjoyed since the 17th and 18th centuries. Back then, sap from maple trees was boiled down in iron and copper kettles. What a difference a century or two makes! Nowadays, modern processing makes the job much more efficient. You can find out just how much processing has changed by taking a tour of Harlaine Maple Products. Hop on a bus and travel to their sugar shack, where you will see a native and pioneer display, as well as the current production methods Paul and Betty Anne Harder use for their sweet creations.
Oh, and those buses will also take visitors to Salem Alpacas farm and the Jibb family’s Shady Way Farms dairy operation. Bus tickets will be available at Sunderland Public School, where you can take in the annual Arts & Crafts show and sale that regular festival goers look forward to. The school is also a stop for the horse-and-wagon rides that are always such a hit with families. From the school, you can ride to the arena, where you can take in the farm tractor display, Zoo-to-You animals, and where pony rides at the park will offer equine fun for the little ones. Right next to the Arena, the Sunderland Historical Museum will be open. Plus, both days, there will be a fine art show and vendors in the Legion and downstairs in the Town Hall.
In the appreciation of local Fine Art the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival is proud to have many of our community artists and artisans displaying, sharing and selling their beautiful and fascinating works of art downstairs in the Legion building (right below the Pancake Breakfast), and over on the main floor of the Town Hall at street level you will find the woodworkers. Browse the work of mixed media and textile artists, painters, jewelers, sculptors, potters, photographer and woodworkers. Chat with the artists and learn about their workshops and techniques. If you are interested in being part of this Fine Art show please contact Donna Beattie, 705-879-6744, email@example.com
Arts & Craft Show/Vendors – Sunderland Public School
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.