Belmore Stacks Up

12 Apr
Hundreds of Seniors enjoyed the Belmore Maple Syrup Festival April 10, 2013

Hundreds of Seniors enjoyed the Belmore Maple Syrup Festival April 10, 2013

by Diva Karen

Every April, since 1968, the Belmore Maple Syrup Festival has been serving up stacks of pancakes with deliciously golden, sweet and local maple syrup.   Although I’ve lived in Huron County my entire life, I had never attended this annual Spring event.  And, I had suspected I was missing something wonderful. (I was!)

Today, I picked up my dear friend Margaret and braved the (hopefully) last winter storm to attend the 45th annual Festival.

At this link the North Huron Citizen shares the full story!

I was not disappointed.  This is truly a collaborative community event.  Demonstrations, home-baking, and craft displays were available for perusing and/or purchasing.    The co-ordination of a super-large corps of local volunteers was terrific.  They donned bibs that indicated what they were serving i.e. “Tea, ask me” or “Pancakes, ask me”. Under a temporary venting system constructed just for the Festival, pancakes rolling down the conveyor belt made me giggle as I thought about the episode of I Love Lucy when she worked in the chocolate factory.  Fortunately, the volunteers in Belmore were able to keep up food prepared for the large crowd today.

Pancakes rolled down a conveyor belt

Pancakes rolled down a conveyor belt

The secret pancake recipe is definitely a hit!  Diners were welcome to eat as many as they wished and the pancakes were served with sausages and applesauce … and topped, of course, with lots of maple syrup.     In the background, live from the stage, we heard  familiar old-tyme fiddle tunes.

It’s obvious the community truly enjoys coming together to support and contribute to this wonderful spring event that raises funds for the annual operating expenses associated with the Belmore Community Centre.  Laughter and fellowship were being shared everywhere in the Community Centre as approximately 1100 attended on April 13 (at least five busloads had cancelled due to the storm).  Fortunately the Festival runs another day.   And on Saturday a children’s program will be available.  You should go.

Belmore Maple Syrup Festival continues on
Saturday April 14th from 8:30 am – 6:30 pm.  
Just $10 adults / $5 children 6-11 / Free 5 years & under

craft vendors filled two room adjacent to the ice surface in the community centre.

craft vendors filled two room adjacent to the ice surface in the community centre.

Live music with old-time fiddle tunes was popular with the crowd.

Live music with old-time fiddle tunes was popular with the crowd.

Yummy!

Yummy!

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