Big 400 Maple Festival – Many locations in greater Jackson area

March 10, 2013 all-day

The Big 400, a collective of attractions and restaurants surrounding the Waterloo Recreation Area, are planning the inaugural Big 400 Maple Festival March 9th & 10th. Events include pancake breakfasts and maple sap-to-syrup demonstrations.

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It’s maple syrup time! The communities of The Big 400 are teaming up to celebrate maple syruping in southern Michigan with a festival on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10, 2013. The festival includes pancake breakfasts, tours of tapping areas and the syruping process, the release of a local maple wine, and lots of good things to eat.

Pancake Breakfasts
There are three locations to choose from for a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning, March 9:
•American Legion Post 31 (Chelsea), 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Bring your family and friends to the Legion Post on Cavanaugh Lake for a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, or coffee with real maple syrup. Cost: $6 per person. 1700 Ridge Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118, 734.475.3170

•McLennan Maple Syrup (Manchester), Stop by anytime on Saturday beginning at 9:00 am for a pancake breakfast. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children. Sides of sausage are available for an additional charge. 10950 M-52, Manchester, MI 48158, 734.428.7005

•Hell’s Kitchen (Hell), 8 – 11:00 am Head into Hell for pancakes, sausage, coffee, Milk, OJ for a mere $6. Also, be sure to take advantage of a one-hour trail hike by a DNR Interpreter and Ranger at the Pinckney Recreation Area near Hell at 11:00 am. 4025 Patterson Lake Road. Hell, MI 48169

Maple Tours and Interpretation
Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, March 10
•Eddy Discovery Center, 10 am to 4 pm – It’s time for that traditional rite of spring, tapping maple trees. Observe demonstrations of the whole process of making maple syrup from collection the sap to the evaporation process. A film will show visitors the old-time methods used to make maple syrup. Maple products will be available for purchase. Cost: $2 per person or $5 per family. 17030 Bush Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118, 734.475.3170

•McLennan Maple Syrup, tours: every two hours beginning at 9 am – take a look at the sugar shack process, handle tools and supplies, learn about tapping the trees, and take part in maple-related activities such as coloring and crafts. Maple candy and ice cream with syrup are available for purchase. 10950 M-52, Manchester, MI 48158, 734.428.7005

•Hudson Mills Metropark, near Dexter, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon – See how to tap trees, collect sap and boil it into maple syrup. All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, with real maple syrup, will be served at the Activity Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the days the tours are offered. Guided tour: $3 per person. Pancake breakfast: $3.50 per child/$5.50 per adult. Reservations required for the guided tour. For more information/reservations, call Hudson Mills Metropark at 734-426-8211 or 800-477-3191.

Taste of the Irish Hills
Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, March 10
Travel through the Brooklyn-Irish Hills to area restaurants and taste their specialties! Tickets are available from the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce for only $15, and tasting at 20 different establishments., 517.592.8907

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