on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Catch one of Chris' Cakes at the 2017 Maple Syrup Festival!
March is nearing the end of winter. The brown grass and dull colors this time of year can put you in a funk. If you are looking for an event filled with smiles, a friendly atmosphere and a way to uplift your spirits, the Friends of Hartman Reserve’s Maple Syrup Festival on March 4th and 5th may be just what it takes to get you through these last weeks of winter.
The 32nd Annual Maple Syrup Festival is a family-friendly event where you get to try maple syrup that is made from the sap of maple trees at Hartman Reserve Nature Center. Before getting to taste the sweet maple syrup, there is a process. The maple trees are tapped and the sap slowly drips into collection bags or pails. It takes 40 gallons of sap to distill into just one gallon of maple syrup! All that work is worth it because anyone who has attended the annual festival is not afraid to share that this maple syrup is a local favorite.
What is the Hartman Reserve Nature Center?
This annual festival is a fundraiser for Hartman Reserve Nature Center; all proceeds from the event support environmental education programming and natural resource management at Hartman. The center is 340 acres of wooded area nestled in Black Hawk County with habitats of a forest, wetland, and prairie. Hartman provides trails for sunrise to sundown daily use, an interpretive center, environmental education programs, and a place to view wildlife such as deer, otter turkeys, pileated woodpeckers and bald eagles. The festival is also a great way to increase awareness of the Nature Center and what they have to offer. (Please note that in 2017 the Interpretive Center and trail access from Hartman Reserve are closed due to renovations to the center.)
What's for breakfast?
You will not forget your experience at this event with famous pancake flipper Chris Cakes! Pancakes aren’t just served, Chris flips pancakes into the air and you have to catch them. Chris can make 48 pancakes at once so you don’t have to worry about not getting your share. Breakfast will include all-you- can-eat pancakes, sausage, Starbucks coffee, and Hansen’s milk, cream, and butter.
Tickets at the door are $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12 and children 2 and under are free. To save $1 per ticket you can purchase your ticket anytime now until the day of the event. Tickets are available at Black Hawk County Conservation Headquarters, 1346 West Airline Highway in Waterloo, or by calling 319-277-2187. In addition to the tasty meal, guests can enjoy educational exhibits, buy pure maple syrup, and take a chance on the raffle. Raffle prizes are donated by CrawDaddy Outdoors, Bike Tech, Isle Casino, and many more local businesses.
When and where is the event?
The festival is March 4 & 5 (2017) from 7am-1pm each day. It is typically held at the Nature Center, but because the center is being renovated to continue to suit the needs of the community, the event will be held at Cedar Heights Elementary. Don’t worry - the nature of this year's event will not change as the smiles, fun, and genuine people are what make the event an experience to remember. Cedar Heights Elementary is located at 2417 Rainbow Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Questions regarding the festival can be directed to Hartman Reserve Nature Center at 319-277-2187.
If you'd like more information about Things to Do, Place to Stay or Places to Eat & Drink while you're in Cedar Falls, visit the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 6510 Hudson Road or give us a call at 800-845-1955 (319-268-4266).
We hope to see you at the Maple Syrup Festival, ready to catch those flying pancakes!
Thank you to our guest blogger, Janelle Brehm. She really captured the fun of attending the Maple Syrup Festival!
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