Canterbury Maple Festival March 21-22 Features Pancake Breakfast, Sugar House Visits, Maple-infused Treats and Lots of Fun
Experience a sweet weekend in Canterbury at the town-wide Canterbury Maple Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22. Feast on homemade buttermilk pancakes, tour four different sugar houses, a brewery, a distillery, and a smoke house, learn how to start sugaring yourself, and sample or purchase exceptional maple treats and products at every location. Brings the kids, and enjoy special activities and meeting farm animals such as goats, chickens, pigs and cows.
Plan your visit by downloading a map and full schedule at the Canterbury Shaker Village website, www.shakers.org/canterbury-maple-festival/. Or start your tour at any one of the tour locations, and pick up a map there.
The weekend begins with a hearty pancake breakfast at Canterbury Shaker Village from 8-11am, offered both Saturday and Sunday in the historic Creamery building. The suggested donation is $20 per family. King Arthur Flour and Cabot Creamery have provided ingredients, and many of the festival participants have contributed their maple syrup. These homemade buttermilk pancakes are not to be missed!
Also at the Village both Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm, Tim Meeh and Jill McCullough from North Family Farm will display their products for sale, share maple syrup samples, and demonstrate maple candy making at 11 am.
On Saturday at the Village, catch the illustrated talk at 11 am by UNH Extension Field Specialist Tim Fleury and learn how to get started on your own “Backyard Maple Sugaring” adventure. It’s easier than you think! The Dewey School at Canterbury Shaker Village will offer family activities throughout the day on Saturday, and Winnipesaukee Chocolates will be on hand from 1-3pm selling their specialty chocolate bars and offering tasty samples. Be sure to get one of the Village’s signature dark chocolate maple toffee bars before they’re sold out!
Experience the process of making maple syrup at four nearby sugarhouses, all worth a visit as you plan your weekend tour around Canterbury. Lamb’s Maple Syrup, a stone’s throw from the Village on Shaker Road, will be open from 9am-3pm on Saturday and 10am-3pm on Sunday. David and Janet Lamb will be boiling in a wood-fired evaporator located in their traditional timber-framed sugarhouse, and sharing samples of maple syrup and other maple treats.
Sunnyside Maples, on Route 106, will be open both days from 8am-4pm, offering tours in their modern sugarhouse. The Moore family will be boiling throughout the weekend, accompanied by live music that will keep you energized. Pick up one of their specialties – maple frappe, maple ice cream sundae, and maple cotton candy—and keep the buzz going for the next stops on your tour!
Hill’s Corner Sugar Shack, located north on Shaker Road, will be open 9am-3pm all weekend. In addition to their maple syrup, they produce an array of skincare products available for sale, all infused with love and reiki energy, and supported by organic and natural ingredients. Pick up something to heal your mind, body, and spirit, and help keep our earth green.
Briar Bush Farm, located on Briar Bush Road, will be boiling sap all weekend from 9am-6pm. Nate and Sharon Jarry will offer samples of maple syrup and goats’ milk fudge. Meet their Nigerian dwarf goats, and then pick up some of their distinctive goats’ milk soaps, lotions, and candles too.
Adults only might want to include two more stops on their tour, Canterbury Aleworks brewery, and Cold Garden Spirits distillery, just north of Shaker Village on Shaker Road. Cold Garden will be open from 1-5pm on Saturday and 12-4pm on Sunday, featuring their just-released Maple Bourbon. It’s been extra-matured for 90 days in an oak cask that had previously held North Family Farm’s maple syrup. Owner Greg Meeh says: “The subtle flavor of sweet maple gives this bourbon a very smooth taste.” North Family Farm’s bourbon barrel aged maple syrup will also be featured here—and it’s something to truly make your waffles jump off the plate!
Steve Allman’s Canterbury AleWorks on Baptist Hill Road will be serving their special maple season beer, Murphy’s Red Friday, from 1-5pm all weekend. This whiskey barrel aged, strong Irish red ale is brewed with syrup from their own sugarbush boiled by David Lamb of Lamb’s Maple Syrup.
No visit to Canterbury is complete without visiting Fox Country Smoke House, open 9am-5pm all weekend and located on Briar Bush Road. They’re celebrating 51 years of operations with full tours of their facility and free samples of their maple kielbasa and an assortment of cheeses. Pick up some to take home too.
Make a stop on the west side of Canterbury at Brookford Farm, open 10am-4pm, visitors will find Maple Greek Yogurt made with syrup from North Family Farm and milk from 100% grass-fed cows raised on the farm. Owners Luke and Catarina Mahoney invites visitors to take a self-guided tour to meet the cows, pigs and chickens too.
If you’re looking for a hearty meal, J & J’s Yolk and Co. in Belmont, at the junction of Routes 106 and 140, will be serving Saturday 6am-2pm and Sunday 7am-1pm. Their menu includes maple cinnamon rolls and homemade pancakes with maple syrup, guaranteed to hit the spot and satisfy your deepest maple craving.
All the sugarhouses and businesses that are part of the Canterbury Maple Festival have been working cooperatively to bring you an exceptional maple experience. Follow the Canterbury Maple Festival on Facebook and get your maple on for a quintessential New Hampshire experience!