The Maple Syrup Festival

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Maple Syrup Festival
Maple Syrup Festival
Maple Syrup Festival
Maple Syrup Festival
Maple Syrup Festival

Feb. 22-23, 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy two full days family fun including maple syrup demonstrations, interpretive hikes, lumberjack demonstrations, children's activities, vendors and artisans, and much more. The Maple Syrup Festival is free and welcome to all ages.  

HOW TO GET HERE

Touch of Nature is located about 8 miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road.  The Festival takes place at our Camp 2 location.  Visit our location page for our regular business hours and how to get here.  

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 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.  

VENDORS, ARTISANS AND INTERACTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS

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. Including:

  • Leave No Trace
  • Beekeeping 
  • Natural woven baskets
  • Silk embroidery
  • Alpaca yarn and goat's milk products
  • Rope making
  • Natural soaps and lotions
  • Hide tanning and primitive living skills
  • Wood and pottery products
  • Backwoods works.
  • Nature jewelry.
  • Embroidery Workshop
  • Elderberry and hickory syrup and preserves
  • Mushroom cultivation

         and much more.

Interested in becoming a vendor for the 2020 festival?  Contact Vicki Lang at vickil@siu.edu.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

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

($8.00/$15.00 - Cost at event)

Register for the Pancake Breakfast

Special thanks to Lick Creek Pork & Beef for supplying the sausage to go with your pancakes. 

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SCHEDULE

Saturday and Sunday

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

Maple Syrup Process
On-Going Daily

Maple Syrup Demonstrations
(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)
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.

More to be announced.