The first Elmira Maple Syrup Festival was celebrated in April of 1965, with an anticipated crowd of 2,500 people, but over 10,000 attendees surprised organizers and locals that day. Since then, this festival has continued to grow and exceed expectations. It attracts visitors from around the world, including guests from Europe, Australia, the U.S., and even the North Pole. In 2000, it was recognized as the World’s Largest Single Day Maple Syrup Festival in the Guinness Book of World Records with 66,529 people in attendance.
This annual event is made successful by the volunteer committee that meets monthly to plan, as well as the 2,000 volunteers and more than 100 vendors who work the event on the day of the festival. Not only is the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival run by the community, it also gives back to it. All proceeds are returned to the beautiful community that the festival resides in, to both charitable and not-for-profit organizations such as the Elmira Theatre Company, Region of Waterloo Library, Strong Start Charitable Organization, and many more. To date, total monies raised for these community groups has surpassed $1.5 million.
The festival has something for all ages to enjoy. There is so much to do and explore, whether it’s venturing through the sugar bush to see the maple syrup preparation, indulging in pancakes and the infamous maple syrup, taking one of three round trip train rides from Elmira to St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, enjoying free live performances, testing pancake flipping skills in a friendly contest, or simply browsing the half-mile long outdoor mall!
The festival marks the beginning of spring! Experience a literal taste of rural life at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival.