Northeast Ohio Maple Events

Northeast Ohio Maple Events

Maple events in Ohio

Check the list below for family-friendly places to celebrate the sweetest time of year in the greater Cleveland/Akron area.

 

March 1

Maple Sugaring Pairing Dinner. Come for an evening of good wine, food and maple sugaring. Take a tour of the sugar bush and learn how maple syrup is made. Then, enjoy a meal prepared by J&J Catering with wine pairing by Debonné Vineyards. For ages 21 and older. 5-9 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com

March 2, 3, 9 & 10

Maple Madness Driving Trail. Statewide drive-it-yourself tour organized by the Ohio Maple Producers Association that includes open house events at many area sugar houses. Visit ohiomaple.org for details.

Maple Sugaring Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Discover how maple syrup is produced through hands-on demonstrations and crafts. Take a wagon ride to the Woodland Center to see how maple syrup is made. Sample maple syrup and candy, make a maple craft, help gather sap, learn how to tap trees and make maple syrup in your own backyard. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com

Maple Tour of Northeast Ohio. Sixteen sugar houses across the region participate in this drive-it-yourself tour. Visitors can try the sweet taste of maple and see how maple syrup and maple products are produced; syrup and other items are available for sale at each location. Each sugar house has different operating hours which can be found online (in addition to a tour map) at mpneoh.com.

Maple Tours. Pa hitches up the horses and takes visitors into the woods through the sugarbush to collect the sweet stuff, then brings it back to the sugar shack to demonstrate how it is all done. Sample some maple coffee and candy, and various other maple treats in the log cabin. Horses go out Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Weather permitting. Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack, 15161 Main Market Road, Burton, 440-548-5521, maandpas.com

March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17

History of Maple Sugaring, Cleveland Metroparks. Walk through time along the Sugarbush Trail to see sap-collecting methods and syrup-making processes used throughout history and today. You’ll end at the sugar house to watch sap boiled into maple syrup. Guided hikes leave the sugar house every 20 minutes (last hike leaves at 3:40 p.m.). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Maple Grove Picnic Area in Rocky River Reservation, 24000 Valley Pkwy., North Olmsted, 440-734-6660, clevelandmetroparks.com

March 3

Tappin’ Sunday. This ceremonial tapping of the maple trees on Chardon Square is the first chance of the season to buy maple stirs. The official “tapper” will tap the tree with a commemorative bucket. 1 p.m. 111 E. Park St., maplefestival.com

March 3, 10, 17

Sap’s-a-Risin’! Visit Geauga Park District’s sugar house, sugar bush and lodge for a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods. Gather sap in the sugar bush with the help of a horse-drawn sap sled, experience the tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history, see sap boiling in the sugar house, taste maple syrup, then warm up with maple treats and live music in the lodge. Noon-4 p.m. Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

March 5 & 9

Timbertots: Maple Sugar Time! Ages 3-5 with an adult will explore outdoors and enjoy hands-on activities to discover where and how we get real maple syrup. Dress for the weather. Registration required. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. on 3/5, 10 a.m. p.m. on 3/9. The Sugar House at Geauga Park District’s Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

March 6, 12, 14 & 28

Kinderealm: Maple Sugaring. Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions can learn how maple syrup is made. A short hike and craft are included. Required registration begins 2/26. On 3/6: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave., Akron. On 3/12: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg. On 3/14: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Summit Lake Nature Center, 390 W. Crosier St., Akron. On 3/28: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. summitmetroparks.org

March 8

Nature Baby: Maple Sugaring. Nature is awaiting, so let’s get baby out to explore. Hike the trail at the working sugar bush and experience the story of maple sugaring. Maple Grove Picnic Area in Rocky River Reservation, 24000 Valley Pkwy., North Olmsted, 440-734-6660, clevelandmetroparks.com

March 9

Tree Tapper’s Ball. Celebrate the maple season with this free, old-fashioned square dance with live music. Novices welcome; all dances are taught in fun fashion. Dress is casual. Registration begins Feb. 25; limit of eight per registering group. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Parkman Community House, 16295 Main Market Road, Parkman, geaugaparkdistrict.org

March 9, 10, 16 & 17

Maple Sugar Festival & Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and then head out into the Sugaring Camp to learn about tree tapping, the maple sugar process and experience oxen demonstrations. View period arts and crafts demonstrations such as glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery and spinning and weaving. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (breakfast served until 3 p.m.) Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, halefarm.org

March 10

History of Maple Sugaring, Summit Metro Parks. Discover the history of maple sugaring, from techniques used by Native Americans to current technology that helps us enjoy the sweet syrup even faster. Samples of maple syrup available while supplies last. 1-3 p.m. Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg, summitmetroparks.org

March 23

Fulton Farm Maple Syrup Tour & Pancake Breakfast. Take a wagon tour of the Fulton family’s Maple Valley Farm sugar woods, owned and operated by five generations of the Fulton family. See the entire syrup-making process from gathering the sap to boiling and bottling in the sugar house. Ninety-minute tours will begin and end at Buffalo Creek Retreat, where you can enjoy a pancake breakfast and warm refreshments. Five tour times ranging from 9 a.m.-noon. Register by 3/12. 8708 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville, medinacountyparks.com

Maple Cook-Off. individuals or teams prepare maple-inspired dishes and compete against other maple chefs for a prize basket. Entry is limited to 30 chef contestants, first come first serve, and contestants must register by March 1 in person at the Carlisle Visitor Center to compete. Noon-2 p.m. Henry’s Barn, 46223 U.S. Rt. 20, Oberlin, metroparks.cc

A Maple Murder Mystery. At Flavor of Geauga’s Best Local Food Product Competition, contestants vie for the coveted top prize. They want it so bad they can taste it — and someone may even kill to win! A joint fundraiser to support the work of Geauga Lyric Theater Guild and Destination Geauga. 6-10 p.m. E.O.U.V Hall, 8636 Pekin Road, Novelty, geaugatheater.org

April 25-28

Geauga County Maple Festival. The oldest maple festival in the U.S. celebrates the production of pure maple syrup in Geauga County and Northeast Ohio. Four days of fun, food and “everything maple.” Events include arts & crafts, bathtub races, concessions, continuous grandstand entertainment, invitational lumberjack competition, pancakes in the park, two grand parades, and more. Chardon Square, 111 E. Park St., 440-286-3007, maplefestival.com

Pancake Breakfasts

March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

Rotary Club of Burton Middlefield Pancake Breakfast. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, plus famous omelets. $5 ages 4-10; $8 ages 11 and older; $14 pancake breakfast and omelet. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Berkshire High School, 14510 N. Cheshire St., Burton, burtonmiddlefieldrotary.com

Pancake Town USA Breakfasts. On Sundays in March, pancake breakfasts are served in different locations around Burton to benefit different local organizations. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. burtonchamberofcommerce.org

March 10, 17, 24, 31 & April 7

Pancake Breakfast at Century Village Museum. A Geauga County tradition! All-you-can-eat pancakes with fresh, local maple syrup. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 14653 E. Park St., Burton, centuryvillagemuseum.org

March 30-31

Pancake Breakfast and Spring Hikes. Unlimited multigrain, blueberry, regular, gluten-free or chocolate chip pancakes; vegetarian and traditional sausage; roasted red skin potatoes; fresh fruit salad; and sweet maple, blueberry, triple berry and sugar-free syrup. Reservations required. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, holdenarb.org

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