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SIU pancake breakfast at the Maple Syrup Festival

Maple Syrup Festival is Rescheduled to March 26-27

We've moved the Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast back a month due to concerns over the latest COVID wave and to better adhere to SIU and State guidelines. 

Enjoy two full days of family fun including maple syrup demonstrations, pancake breakfast, nature hikes, lumberjack demonstrations, children's activities, vendors and artisans, and much more.

The Festival takes place at our Camp 2 location. This event is free and welcome to all ages, except for the Pancake Breakfast. If you're a Touch of Nature Member, you'll receive VIP seating. 

We look forward to seeing you. 

toddler at siu pancake breakfast

Register Now for the 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 12:30 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. 

Take advantage now of our early bird special.

Free - ages 5 and under
$6 - ages 6-13
$12 - ages 14 and up

$8/$15 - day of

Register Now



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

  • Alpacas and alpaca wool products from Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch
  • Lumberjack demonstrations with the SIU Forestry Club
  • Hide tanning and primitive living skills by Kevin Clinton
  • Natural soaps, textiles and herbal products
  • Spinning, weaving and woodworking
  • Hand-knit clothing and accessories
  • Natural made remedies
  • Nature jewelry
  • Essential oils
  • and much more

Artisan Vendors


SIU pancake breakfast
SIU lumberjack demonstration
SIU maple syrup demonstration


Pancake Breakfast
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Maple Syrup Process
On-going daily

Maple Syrup Demos

Lumberjack Games

Climbing Wall (weather permitting)
9 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m.

Lunch Available
1-4 p.m.

Open Cash Bar
9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Live Music
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Thanks to our sponsors!

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


SIU Credit Union

River Radio

Laborers logo


Paul Melzer, Country Financial

Triple C Meats Special thanks to Triple C Meats for supplying local sausage for the Pancake Breakfast.   

Interested in sponsoring this event?

Event Sponsors