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Maple Syrup Festival – Valentine Dance

Cash on the Barrel Head
Country / old rock / dance music
Feb 16, 2019 at the Sunderland Legion
$15 – 8:30 – 12:30
Midnight Grub
Silent Auction

2019 Dance Poster


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.

On Saturday, you can attend a Stoker Biomass Heating demonstration at Northern Metalworks, just up the road from the school. Did you know that the new furnaces allow the use of grains, corn, pellets and other wood products for heating? Find out how. Also on Saturday, the festival offers bathtub races and a pizza-eating contest! And are you ready for this? St. Andrews United Church will have an escape room mystery challenge throughout the day. This proved highly popular last year, so we expect a tremendous turnout. If you get tired on Saturday, Grace Baptist Church and St. Andrew’s United Church will be open for a meet-and-greet so you can rest your feet, have a coffee and a chat before you continue your Festival adventure.

On Sunday, the 4-H Ontario’s lawn tractor pull demonstration is a must-see, and a pancake-eating contest will take place. Speaking of pancakes, on both Saturday and Sunday, the Legion will be the site of pancake breakfasts from morning to early afternoon. Shoppers, take note! On both days, River Street will also be lined with vendors selling everything from syrup to toys, hand-crafted items, clothing and other great finds. Plus, Sunderland’s local shops are taking part in sponsoring many of the events.

So, what are you waiting for? Mark your calendar to bring the kids, the grandparents, and even the dog! The people of Sunderland are excited to greet you and create sweet new memories.

Listen to our radio ad on New Country Radio

Being played on April 3-6, 2018 (2019 ad coming)

Vendor Directory 2019

Outdoor Vendors – River Street

For information contact David Weit

Fine Art Vendors – Town Hall

  • Neil Mcleod – Woodworker
    Handcrafted wooden salad bowls, plant stands, bird feeders, kid’s wagon, lazy Susan, lighthouse
  • Paul South – Hand Built Canoe
    100% Hand Crafted 16’ Cedar Strip Canoe, Walnut Decks & Cherry Gunwales, Hand Caned Cherry Seat Frames

Fine Art Vendors – Legion Downstairs

  • Della Cavanagh – Pottery & Ceramic Art
    Wheel thrown and hand built porcelain
  • Rae Macdonald – Original Watercolours Of Landscapes
  • Merry Mac’s Antiques And Collectibles –
    Assorted Framed Art By Various Artists, Eskimo Carvings, Quebec Wood Carvings, Live Edge Tables
  • Karen Neu Wideman – acrylic paintings

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,

Arts & Craft Show/Vendors – Sunderland Public School

  • Belts that last
  • Brent Crafts
  • Campbell Art Prints
  • CIBC Bus Tours
  • Create 3D
  • Durham Honey
  • It Takes Two Crafts
  • Lady Cat Stiches
  • Lavender Hills
  • Leopard Face Painting
  • Leslee Waterstone Glass
  • Little Gray Farmhouse
  • Love in Everystitch
  • Mary Kay
  • Origami Owl
  • Otherlifelessons
  • Pamper Chef
  • Seasons Change
  • Sharon’s Pantry
  • SPS Volunteers
  • Stickwood Art Jewelry
  • Thirty One Gifts
  • XSweet

For information contact CAM Friedmann

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.


Vendor Forms



Maple Syrup Festival – Valentine Dance

Cash on the Barrel Head
Country / old rock / dance music
Feb 16, 2019 at the Sunderland Legion
$15 – 8:30 – 12:30
Midnight Grub
Silent Auction


April 6, 2019 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
As events are confirmed, 2019 will be added after the item.

9:00 am – 2:00 pm Northern Stoker Biomass Heating demo at Northern Metalworks, 4 Thompson Road

9:45 Opening Ceremonies
11:30 Pizza Eating Contest by Two Brothers Pizza 2019
12:30 Bathtub Races (River St and Albert St) by
Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario 2019

ALL DAY Saturday Ongoing Events


April 7, 2019 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

11:30 Lawn Tractor Pull demonstration (River St and Albert St) by 4-H Ontario
12:30 Pancake eating contest sponsored by and in front of The Roadside Country Diner 2019

ALL DAY Sunday Ongoing Events

All times are approximate. Events are subject to change without notice.


Sponsors 2018

Sponsorship 2019

  • Friend of the Festival – $100 – listed in the booklet
  • Bronze – $250 – Website
  • Silver – $500 – Website, Map ad
  • Gold – $750 – Website, Map ad, signage
  • Emerald – $1,000 – Website, Map ad, 1/4 Ad in booklet, signage
  • Platinum – $1,500 – Website, Map ad, 1/2 Ad in booklet and signage
  • Diamond – $2,000 – Website, Map ad, full page Ad in booklet and bigger signage

Want to sponsor? Email for information.
Advertise in the SMSF Booklet