The sap is running at Belmore – at least on the days when it is milder, preferable sunny, and with no snow being blown around by a cold wind! The maple trees are yielding their sweet crop in bushes and along roadsides. From a hard maple/sugar maple woodlot, the ratio of sap to syrup is about forty to one. From shade trees the ratio is usually slightly better, yielding a little more syrup.
Preparations for this 45th Annual Belmore Maple Syrup Festival are well underway. The dry pancake mix has been prepared using 640 kg. of flour and corresponding amounts of baking powder, salt, and shortening. To this dry mixture we will add eggs – about 200 dozen in total – and milk on Festival Day to produce those delicious made-from-scratch Belmore pancakes.
Twenty two bushels of apples produced locally at Blake’s Orchards near Brussels will arrive this week in preparation for ‘Apple Sauce day’ when the local volunteers will produce the apple sauce to be served at the Festival. The apple sauce will be frozen until just prior to the big day.
The sausages, which are a favourite of so many people, are also produced locally by Green’s Meat Market, Wingham, from meat supplied by our Committee.
The home made bread and buns will soon be made, baked, and put into bags for the freezer, ready for the bake table. We will also spend a day at the kitchen at the Community Centre making fruit pies which will be baked the evening before they appear on the Festival Bake table.
In addition to delicious food, the auditorium as well as the Curling area will be occupied by vendors offering a wide assortment of items for Festival patrons. You will see all manner of hand crafted items including articles made by wood turning or carving; jams, jellies, preserves and dried herbs; quilts; garden and home décor; glass and stained glass; chocolates and candy; knitting and crocheting; bird houses and feeders; fabric place mats, runners, etc; jewellery and much more.
During both Festival days there will be local musicians, singers and dancers providing entertainment in the Community Centre.
We want people to know that during both days of the Belmore Festival, there will be Courtesy Vans courtesy of several local companies including Howick Mutual Insurance, Leslie Motors Walkerton and Harriston, and Walkerton Toyota. The vans will be well marked with ‘Courtesy vehicle’ signs, and will offer a ride from your vehicle to the front entrance and back to your vehicle when you are ready.
For people who have limited mobility, someone will help you at your request, with parking your car and getting you to the seating area.
So mark your calendar, and plan to have a great day at Belmore Festival on Thursday, April 12th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturday, April 14th, from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. You will be treated to hot and delicious made-from-scratch Belmore pancakes, maple syrup, sausage and applesauce along with your choice of beverage, all served with country hospitality and a smile!
Meals and all vendors are indoors in the Community Centre which is wheel chair accessible.
Outdoors at the South East corner of the Community Centre there will be a maple syrup making demonstration where the sap will be boiling and producing that wonderful, unique maple syrup aroma.
When our customers were asked ‘what was the best part of the Festival’; some of them told us that it was, “the hot pancakes that come to you while you are sitting enjoying your meal!” Yes, they really do!
Meal price is $10.00 for adults; $5.00 for children age 6 to 11 and under age 5, free.
If have never attended the Belmore Maple Syrup Festival, we look forward to showing you just what you have been missing!
For further information, call Barry Mulvey 357-9694 or Deanne Dickson 335-3748.
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Directions to Belmore and Belmore Community Centre:
- From the North: From Highway #9 (#109) west of Walkerton, Turn South unto Bruce Road 12, approximately 17 km to Belmore, Community Centre is on the East/left side of the road, south of the main intersection.
- From the South: From either Highway #86 or #87, turn North unto Huron County Road 12, (from #86 there is a jog in that Road at Wroxeter, stay on #12), Belmore is about 10 km north of Wroxeter, the Community Centre will be on your right as you enter the village.
- From the East: From Highway #9 (#109) just north of Clifford, turn west unto Huron-Bruce Road, there is a ‘Belmore’ sign, approximately 14 km straight west to Belmore, there is one Stop sign on the way, at the second Stop sign in Belmore, turn left, Community Centre will be on your left before you exit the village.
- From the West: From Highway #4 (#104) between Wingham and Teeswater, turn East unto Huron-Bruce Road, there is a ‘Belmore sign’, approximately 7 km to Belmore, at the Stop sign in Belmore, turn right unto County Road #12, Community Centre will be on your left before you exit the village.