Welcome from the Festival President & Dignitaries
John Savage • 2018 Festival President
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 53rd Elmvale Maple Syrup festival on behalf of my hard working team of volunteers. This group has spent many hours planning our event in order to provide a truly memorable day in Elmvale and surrounding areas. The first stop for many is at the Community Hall where you can enjoy a delicious meal of freshly cooked pancakes, covered in locally produced maple syrup, and sausages hot off the grill. Live music is provided by North of 50 and guests. This should provide the fuel to explore the many exhibitors on the main streets and indoors at the arena, where visitors will find a wide variety of maple products, crafts and much more.Kids and the young at heart will enjoy the midway rides and games, situated in the Arena grounds, while everyone will find something to enjoy at our Main Stage. Live entertainment is scheduled all day with several bands, log sawing and pancake-eating contests. The sugar bush tour is just a short bus ride away, with tickets available at the sugar shack. My team and I will be accessible throughout the area and we look forward to sharing the sweet taste of another successful festival with you.
Bill French • Mayor of Springwater
Welcome to the 53rd annual Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival in beautiful Springwater Township! Each year this festival brings people from near and far to experience the community, enjoy the entertainment, shop for unique gifts and taste the best maple syrup this country has to offer. A special thank you to the many volunteers who work year-round to make this wonderful event happen – your dedication and commitment to this celebration is truly inspiring. The money raised from the festival goes right back into the community, supporting over 20 organizations, clubs and charitable causes throughout our Township. Rural Ontario is the heart and soul of the province and a hotbed of innovation and creativity. Events like this provide a glimpse of what life in Springwater is like to the many visitors attending each year. As a vibrant community with small town charm, friendly neighbours and an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, Springwater is an ideal place to call home. On behalf of the Township of Springwater Council and staff, we thank you for supporting our community and participating in the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival. Stay connected with the Township by following us on Twitter @SpringwaterTWP, liking us on Facebook – Township of Springwater, visiting www.springwater.ca or coming in to the Township Administration Centre to speak with one of our helpful staff. We hope you enjoy your time here today and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
Jim Wilson • MPP Simcoe Grey
As the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Simcoe-Grey, it is my great honour to congratulate the organizers of the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival. Since its inception over 50 years ago, this festival has given residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy and learn about maple syrup. The event also contributes to our local economy and draws visitors and newcomers to our community. Maple syrup plays a key role in our history as a nation and it is important for future generations to understand and appreciate this extremely valuable resource. I want to congratulate all the volunteers who helped put the festival together. Your hard work is greatly appreciated by all of us who enjoy this annual event.
Alex Nuttall • MP Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte
As the Member of Parliament for Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte, and a proud guest at this historic event, it is an honour to welcome you all to the 2018 Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival! Each year, this important and valuable local tradition delights visitors from far and wide. The Maple Syrup Festival brings together family and friends to welcome the spring season, and to celebrate the annual Maple Syrup Harvest. It is a wonderful reminder of the importance of community and togetherness. This Festival is woven together with local talent, creativity and innovation, and brought to us by a team of dedicated volunteers and organizers. Thank you to all those who work tirelessly to bring us this highly anticipated Festival each year. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for all your hard work, and for what you continually give back to the community through this spectacular event.
Gerry Marshall • County of Simcoe Warden
Not only do we love our maple syrup in Simcoe County, but we’re world-renowned for our sweetness! Which is why, for more than a half decade, the town of Elmvale has welcomed visitors from across the province to join us in celebrating a part of our cultural fabric. As host of some of Ontario’s top events and festivals, the County is one of Ontario’s top tourism destinations, welcoming more than nine-million visitors each year placing us fourth among Ontario’s most visited regions. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, I know you’ll enjoy a wonderfully sweet experience at the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival, and invite you to explore all there is to do in our tremendous region. I wish to thank the many volunteers and organizers who have put in hours of hard work to make this event such a sweet success each year. Thank you and enjoy!