The Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival is an exciting celebration for Cowichan and Vancouver Island. The event will be held at the BC Forest Discovery Centre on Saturday, February 3rd and Sunday February 4th from 10:00am – 4:00pm. This event will give the community an opportunity to learn how sap is tapped from local bigleaf maples and turned into syrup that rivals the flavor of any produced in the Eastern Provinces while highlighting local producers. The event is hosted by the BC Forest Discovery Centre, a charitable, non-profit museum with a mandate to tell the story of forestry in coastal British Columbia, including the rich opportunities of the present and future.
The BC Forest Discovery Centre has partnered with the Sapsuckers, a group of local maple syrup producers, to put on this event for the community. Visitors will explore many facets of maple sugaring in a fun festival atmosphere with live entertainment and the aroma of hot syrup from the evaporator. Tapping demos, syrup tasting and mini-workshops will occur throughout the day including the availability of start-up kits and other tapping supplies so visitors can go home and tap their own trees. This festival is one of the few places visitors can sample and purchase Bigleaf Maple Syrup.
While visiting the centre, be sure to take in the many other current museum displays, our future plans; Forests Forever, the out buildings, warm up around the fire pits, enjoy a warm beverage and lunch from the concession, and take unlimited train rides on the Green Hornet! There’s lots of fun things to learn and do for all ages.
As the purpose of the festival is to educate the public, this event depends on community support for organizing, sponsoring, and hosting. Businesses, community groups and individuals interesting in helping are asked to call (250) 715-1113 to find out how to get involved, or to purchase their 2018 Memberships.