Stamford Nature Center Maple Sugar Festival Weekend - New Canaan & Darien Moms

unnamed (1)  Celebrate the sweetness of the maple sugaring season as this annual family favorite returns to the SM&NC.
Presented by First County Bank, Maple Sugar Festival Weekend takes place at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5, 11 am to 3 pm.
March 4 & 5 will be chockful of fun, family activities like scavenger hunts, face painting, live music, arts & crafts, and close-up views of the animals of Heckscher Farm as well as the exotic denizens of our Heckscher WILD! exhibit.
Visit the little red sugarhouse on Heckscher Farm to see how sap is turned into maple syrup. Learn how trees are tapped, find out how sap is collected, and make a maple-themed craft. There are also demonstrations of how area Native Americans made maple sugar using vessels of bark and wood and cooked the sap with the “hot-rock method.”
Saturday, March 4, brings a special treat: In the comfy confines of the SM&NC’s Bendel Mansion, festival-goers can watch local teen chefs create delicious dishes using SM&NC maple syrup and vote for their favorites in the First County Bank Teen Chefs Challenge. The event starts with the tastings at 11:30 am and ends at 1:30 pm with the winner declared by popular vote and celebrity judging. Chefs ages 10-18 are invited to participate; please contact Allison Biele at 203.977.6548 or [email protected] to learn more.
On Sunday, March 5, enjoy the popular pancake brunch from 11 am to 2 pm in Bendel Mansion and tour the latest exhibition in the Stamford Museum Galleries: Powerful yet Fragile: Connecticut’s Waterways, a provocative display of images captured by the Women Photographers of Connecticut, a diverse group of women photographers from across the state. And don’t forget to purchase a pint of fresh maple syrup to take home!
(Please note that dogs are not allowed on SM&NC Grounds.)
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