47th Annual Sugarbush Festival: Tapping into a sweet history
One of the beautiful aspects of the Blandford Nature Center is not just the 143 acres on which it is situated with miles of hiking trails, but because once a year they invite the public to be a part of the Sugarbush Festival
This very analog event seeks to educate the public while at the same time give folks a chance to enjoy firsthand the ancient process of taking fresh tapped maple trees and turning the delicious sugary water into the dark and complex maple syrup.
This year’s event, which celebrates its 47th year, enables guests of the nature center to learn about the process with sugarbush demonstrations happening all day long on Saturday.
As a guest of the center, you will learn how to identify the best characteristics of what makes for the most ideal maple tree for tapping, explore the different historical processes -- from the Native American to the pioneer sugaring techniques -- and end your hands-on education with a taste test at Blandford’s Sugarhouse.
It is an all day event complete with draft horses, maple sugar cotton candy, interactive games, real wildlife encounters, and so much more.
Admission: $5 for members, $8 for non-members.