Gather your friends and family and head out to sample and learn about a New York State specialty — maple syrup. The 18th Annual Maple Weekend takes place March 23-24, 2013, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. each day and is presented by the New York State Maple Producers Association.

About 110 maple producers across New York will be hosting open houses for the public to see how maple syrup and other related products are made. Check out an old-fashioned sugar shack, as well as ultramodern processing equipment. Then participants will be boiling sap into maple syrup and many will demonstrate the making of other maple products.

Of course, visitors can sample and purchase the maple products. Some of the sugarhouses will also provide of variety of other activities to make your visit even more memorable.

Admission is free! Maple Weekend takes place regardless of the weather, so please dress accordingly.

Maple producers in Cattaraugus County include Boberg’s Maple in Delevan, Maple Glen Sugar House in Gowanda, Moore’s Maple Shack & Pancake House in Freedom, Sprague’s Maple Farms in Portville and Wright Farms in Farmersville. Maple products can also be purchased at various local stores including the Ellicottville Country Store in Ashford and Barbara’s Maple Haven in Franklinville.

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