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SIU pancake breakfast at the Maple Syrup Festival

2021 Maple Syrup Festival is Canceled

In compliance with COVID-19 mitigation protocols, we will not be holding our annual Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast scheduled for the last weekend in February. This is in alignment with restrictions put into effect November 20.

Enjoy two full days family fun including maple syrup demonstrations, pancake breakfast, interpretive hikes, lumberjack demonstrations, children's activities, vendors and artisans, and much more at the Maple Syrup Festival.

The Festival takes place at our Camp 2 location at Touch of Nature Environmental Center. Always the last weekend in February, this event is free and welcome to all ages.

toddler at siu pancake breakfast

Pancake Breakfast

What would a Maple Syrup Festival be without a delicious pancake breakfast? Enjoy a home-cooked pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. topped with maple syrup harvested from trees on our own grounds. While the festival is free, there is some cost for the pancake breakfast. 

Early Bird Pricing

  • Free - ages 5 and under
  • $6.00 - ages 6-12
  • $12.00 - ages 13 and up

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Each year, the Maple Syrup Festival includes opportunities to participate in interactive programs, learn about arts and crafts, and purchase items from artisans from all over the midwest and beyond.

Activities and Demonstrations

  • Harvesting maple syrup - past and present
  • Leave No Trace
  • Beekeeping 
  • Rope making
  • Embroidery workshop
  • Mushroom cultivation
  • Hide tanning and primitive living skills by Kevin Clinton
  • Children's activities throughout the day
  • Tree ID hikes with the SIU Chapter of the Society of American Foresters
  • Lumberjack demonstrations with the SIU Forestry Club
  • More

Artisan Vendors

  • Prairie Quits and More
  • SI All-A-Buzz
  • Red Dutchess Farm
  • Earth-N-Wood
  • Molly Flower Design
  • Glacier's End
  • Log Cabin in the Baskets
  • Heartland Ropemaker's Guild
  • Flyway Family Farms
  • Lick Creek Pork & Beef
SIU pancake breakfast
SIU lumberjack demonstration
SIU maple syrup demonstration

Event Schedule for Saturday and Sunday

Pancake Breakfast
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Maple Syrup Process
On-going Daily

Maple Syrup Demonstrations
Location: Lion's Pavilion
10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.

Lumberjack Games
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

"Maple Farmer" (a short film)
Location: River Radio Retreat
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Climbing Wall (weather permitting)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Lunch Available
1 - 4 p.m.

Live Music

Saturday, 11 a.m - 4 p.m.
Matt Basler
Danny Brown
Jeremy T. McConaughey
Jermaine Bollinger
Kali Lynn

Sunday, 11 a.m - 4 p.m.
Bill Passalacqua
Greg Klyma







Thanks to our sponsors!

We would like to extend a very special thank you to our event sponsors for helping to make this event a success.

SIU Credit Union

Paul Melzer, Country Financial


Lick Creek Pork and Beef, Foraged and Grass FinishedSpecial thanks to Lick Creek Pork and Beef for supplying local sausage for the Pancake Breakfast.


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