When I received an email telling me about a maple syrup festival just an hour north of Louisville I was intrigued to say the least. When I think of maple syrup I think about Canada losing a whole lot of it and I think about Vermont (or New Hampshire maple syrup if I’ve been watching The West Wing). Indiana? Not so much. So imagine my surprise at finding out that Indiana used to be a serious maple syrup producing state and that even now really good maple syrup comes from Indiana. And that a maple syrup festival in March makes sense for Indiana “since the sugar starts to run first [there] because of our milder climate.”
Sugar time starts first in southern Indiana and that’s why the season kicks off each year with the National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, Indiana during the first two weekends of March. For the fifth year in a row, the festival will feature events in town and at the Burton’s Maplewood Farm. Hundreds of visitors will sample the many tasty treats including maple pork chops and maple baked beans, and yes, pancakes smothered in real maple syrup!
According to Google Maps Medora, Indiana is about 60 miles north of Louisville. So not a bad drive for a day trip at all.
You can get all the details about the National Maple Syrup Festival on their website. It takes place this year March 2, 3, 9 and 10.