Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival – May 4, 2024

Come learn about the PNW’s maple syrup!

Maple syrup is taking off in the northwest! Sap collected from our native bigleaf maple trees produces a delicious syrup with a unique flavor. It’s excellent for baking, cooking, cocktails, and, of course, pancakes! Moreover, maple sugaring adds value to forests and supports small forest owner’s management and conservation of forestland in Washington State.

Join us to celebrate the benefits of this unique forest product at the Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival. Activities will include:

  • Multiple field stations demonstrating the production of maple syrup, inluding
    • Everything to know about bigleaf maple trees (identification, growing it, etc.)
    • How to tap bigleaf maples
    • How to collect sap
    • How to process sap into syrup and other sugar products
    • Maple processing equipment
    • Maple products
  • A taste test – see if you can spot the fake!

A burger lunch will be available for sale ($18/adult or $13 for children 10 & under)

How to participate

Date and time

The festival will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM.


University of Washington’s Pack Forest Research Center (9010 453rd St. E Eatonville, WA 98328

Cost and Registration

The cost to attend is $25 per car. Space is limited, preregistration is strongly recommended.

Use the link below to register and pay online.

Acknowledgements and Accommodations

The Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival is a combined effort of the University of Washington, Washington State University Extension, and Oregon State University.

Funding for this workshop was made possible in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture Marketing Service through grant #21ACERWA1003-00. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Patrick Shults at least two weeks prior to the event.

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