A Maple Syrup Festival in Prince Edward County. How Sweet is That?

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Prince Edward County is known for many things. From its world-class sandy beaches and unforgettable accommodations to its fabulous wineries and restaurants, it’s easy to see why so many visitors flock to the area throughout the year. But come late winter, something magical happens. The sweetest time of year: maple syrup production.

Honouring Canadian Maple Syrup

An annual event that takes place during the entire month of March, the PEC March Maple Madness event gives a Great White North nod to the start of maple syrup season in Prince Edward County, known for producing some of the best maple syrup in the world.

During the event, visitors can experience a variety of activities related to maple syrup production, including tours of local sugar shacks and sugar bushes, tastings of different grades of maple syrup, and demonstrations of traditional maple syrup production methods.

Many local restaurants and shops also offer special maple-themed menus and products.

This year, there are dozens of participants taking part, including eight sugar bushes, 13 PEC breweries, distilleries, and cideries, 14 wineries, and 21 restaurants and food producers, and six other vendors for fun things to do!

Each Saturday and Sunday, they’ll feature local Prince Edward County maple syrup through tasty drinks, baked goods, meals, activities, and more.

After all, the mighty maple knows no bounds – especially here in The County.

Prince Edward County Restaurants Help You See the Sweet Side of PEC

Restaurants and wineries in Prince Edward County, eager to participate in this popular event that showcases Prince Edward County maple syrup, will be offering full meals with maple syrup as the star ingredient.

Here’s the rundown of where you can get your fill of maple on a plate:

Luso Bites, a newcomer to PEC March Maple Madness, is offering a tasty french toast breakfast with local maple syrup. (Think, apple-crumble inspired flavours!) Open Sat 8.30am-3.30pm and Sundays 8.30am-2.30pm.

555 Brewing Co will, in addition to their usual spectacular menu, will be featuring two maple-inspired pizzas. Open daily 11.30am-9pm.

Jackson Falls County Inn will be running maple specials for brunch and dinner throughout the month of March. Open Wed – Sun 9am to 1pm, 4pm – 9pm.

The Drake Devonshire will serve up an amazing menu highlighting local maple products, with a gorgeous view of The County. Stop by for a brunch menu of: sour cream pancakes, french toast, and maple patty melts – with a delicious Sugar Shack prix fixe menu.

Quaitch & Banter, another newcomer to PEC March Maple Madness, is offering delicious cocktails and drinks! Experience their fabulous Scottish-theme menu, and finish off with a tasty Maple and Whisky Creme Brulee (maple syrup provided by Walt’s Sugar Shack). March hours: Wed – Thu, 5pm-9pm, Sun 12pm-3pm.

Vic Social will serve up maple whiskey sour drinks and a maple BBQ braised pork (served atop a twice-baked Russet potato, maple butter roasted carrots, and crispy brussel sprouts). Open 9am-9pm every Saturday and Sunday in March for the March Maple Madness event.

Waupoos Estates Winery & Restaurant is excited to bring back their classic pancake breakfast every Saturday & Sunday in March. $18 per adult, $15 per child. Don’t forget to swing by the winery before or after for a wine tasting or to bring home some of their delicious estate-made maple syrup too.

The County Canteen, a popular eatery in the heart of downtown Picton, will be offering maple-themed breakfast and lunch menus every weekend in March.

The Grange of Prince Edward will be serving up croissant french toasts, maple pastas, hot & smokey maple mustard bbq-sauce sausages, maple tempeh chili, and chips & dip with maple caramelized onions. The maple-theme menu is open Saturdays 11am – 6pm, while maple-themed beverages and DIY charcuterie will be available on Saturdays 11am-6pm and Sundays 11am-4pm.

The Waring House in Picton will be offering maple-themed entrées and desserts. (And if you enjoy live entertainment, you’re in luck. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to take in some local talent on select evernings throughout March. Check out The Waring House music and events calendar!

Prince Edward County Hotels Will Offer You Sweet Dreams

One of the greatest features of Prince Edward County is the varied collection of unique places to stay. Search “PEC accommodation” anytime and you’ll most likely get an endless array of options!

Whether you’re looking for a quaint and cozy bed and breakfast in downtown Picton, or are searching for something more secluded that’s nestled along the shores of Lake Ontario, the area has it all.

We’ll make it easy for you. To find a place to stay in March, start your search with a Sandbanks Vacations accommodation or breathe Vacation Rentals property. 

Note: You can also follow the PEC March Maple Madness accommodations, or check out StayPEC, our local accommodations association.

Search properties now and book your stay now before it’s too late.

If you still haven’t found the right PEC accommodation for you or your group, don’t hesitate to contact us for help.

Prince Edward County Special Maple Syrup Tour

Cover all the bases with our special maple syrup tour… The Maple Madness Tour.

On Saturday 23 March, from 9.30am to 4pm, join us for a curated experience to make the most out of March Maple Madness in one day!

  • A stop at LOHA Farms for a pancake breakfast and barnyard animal visit – perfect for the kids!
  • A stop at Roblin’s Maple Syrup for a sugarshack tour and chance to learn about how maple syrup is made.
  • A stop at Wild Lot for a drink, lunch, and games.
  • Hassle-free pick-up & drop-off at one location – with plenty of parking when you arrive.
  • Stories and knowledge from your local tour guide – ask your questions about the region!
  • Tickets are $79+HST per person with one convenient pick-up and drop-off location at the Sandbanks Vacations office on 57 Main St, Bloomfield.

Book your spot for The Maple Madness Tour here!

Get Ready to Tap Into Spring

Prince Edward County Maple Madness is a great opportunity to learn about the history and importance of maple syrup production in the region, as well as to enjoy the beautiful scenery and hospitality of Prince Edward County.

While you’re here, check out all of the other great places to visit and things to eat during PEC March Maple Madness on their Things To Do page.

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