By Alicia Dziak

Syrup! Sugar! Suckers! Fluff! If you like maple in any of its many sweet forms, Maple Weekends are for you!

Maple Weekends have become a March tradition in WNY since their inception in 1995. This state-wide event features members of the New York State Maple Producers Association inviting families and friends into their sugarhouses to experience the world of pure NY maple syrup. Located at approximately 160 farms and museums across New York State, Maple Weekend offers a delicious, fun-filled outing that has a little something for all maple-lovers to taste and experience.

Join area maple farms March 18-19 and 25-26 for sugarhouse tours, samples, activities and much more.

Maple Weekends are a chance for the public to come to the farm to learn about New York’s maple sugarmaking processes and traditions and to provide a chance to taste pure maple syrup in its many forms.

Visitors to Maple Weekend can taste a pure and natural food product at its freshest and in its many forms.

Guests will also learn how maple syrup and other maple confections are made, experience the unique family traditions of making maple syrup in New York State, celebrate New York’s first agricultural harvest of the season in a family-friendly environment, meet the producers who annually make New York the second largest maple producing state in the U.S., share in the many ways to cook and bake with maple syrup, maple sap and other maple drinks and products and witness sustainable agriculture at its best.

Many maple producers in Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties will be participating in this year’s Maple Weekends, happening both this weekend and next. For a complete listing of participating farms, and additional details of what each farm will be offering, visit www.nysmaple.com.