News from Dutchess Tourism – Welcome to NYS Maple Weekend 2016


Every spring, the NYS Maple Producers Association invites you into their “sugar houses” to experience the world of pure NY maple syrup on March 19-20 and April 2-3.

In Dover Plains, enjoy Maple Weekends at the home of Crown Maple at Madava Farms, with free maple syrup and maple sugar tastings plus maple cotton candy – even maple popcorn! Learn where the syrup comes from with tapping demos and self-guided tours of their top-notch facility. Ask about Crown Maple inspired cocktails! 10am-5pm daily. 845-877-0640.

Also in Dover Plains, Soukup Farms has been tapping trees since 1955! A third generation family farm, today the operation has more than 2,000 taps! They’ll celebrate from 10am – 4pm, with plenty of fun for the whole family. 845-264-3137.

Discover the wonders of Sharpe Reservation and celebrate the 13th annual Fresh Air Fund’s Sugar Maple Celebration on March 19th from 10am – 4pm! The free event includes: maple sugaring demo, historical characters of Sharpe, nature discovery room, planetarium, live animal show, local crafts & food market, live music, and an annual maple syrup judging contest. 845-897-4320.

New York is 2nd in maple production in the US; Vermont is 1st!