The Big 400 Maple Festival

Mar 08, 2014
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Various Locations, Chelsea and Dexter

It's maple syrup time! The communities of The Big 400 are teaming up to celebrate maple syruping in southern Michigan with a festival on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The festival includes pancake breakfasts, tours of tapping areas and the syruping process, the release of a local maple wine, and lots of good things to eat!


Chelsea Alehouse (Chelsea) - The menu includes pancakes, bacon, and potatoes... with real maple syrup. 8:00 - 11:30 am
Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N Main St #100, Chelsea, MI 48118

McLennan Maple Syrup (Manchester), Stop by anytime on Saturday beginning at 9:00 am for a pancake breakfast with estate-made maple syrup. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children. Sides of sausage are available for an additional charge.
McLennan Maple Syrup, 10950 M-52, Manchester, MI 48158

Proceeds from the breakfasts go to support The Big 400 in guiding tourists to our region.

Eddy Discovery Center
, 10 am to 4 pm - It's time for that traditional rite of spring, tapping maple trees. Observe demonstrations of the whole process of making maple syrup from collecting the sap to the evaporation process.Guided walks will show modern-day and old-time methods for making maple syrup at home, and a film will be available for viewing. Maple products will be for sale.
17030 Bush Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118, 734.475.3170

McLennan Maple Syrup, tours: every two hours beginning at 9 am - take a look at the sugar shack process, handle tools and supplies, learn about tapping the trees, and take part in maple-related activities such as coloring and crafts. Taste testing of maple candy and McLennan maple syrup on ice cream. Local maple syrup, candy, and maple cream are available for purchase. Tours: $5 per person
10950 M-52, Manchester, MI 48158, 734.428.7005

Hudson Mills Metropark, Join us on a journey to the Sugar Bush and experience how maple sap is collected and made into maple syrup. Enjoy a taste straight from the tree. Come early and enjoy a pancake breakfast as well. Fee: $5 per adult, $3 per child. Breakfast is $5.50/adult; $3.50/child. Preregistration required. For more information or to register, call 734-426-8211.
8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter MI 48130 734.426.8211


Sandhill Crane Vineyards, a highlight of the Maple Festival is the release of the current vintage of Sugar Snow, Sandhill Crane Vineyards' limited edition dessert wine made with local maple sap and syrup. Light and not too sweet, Sugar Snow pairs beautifully with light desserts, sweet cheeses, and the winery's famous Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies.
4724 Walz Road, Jackson, MI 49201, 517.764.0679

A number of local restaurants will be featuring dishes made with real maple syrup:

Terry B's Restaurant and Bar
7954 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter, Michigan 48130. 734.426.3727

Aubrees Pizzeria & Grill
8031 Main Street Suite #101, Dexter, MI 48130  734.424.1400

Dexter's Pub
8114 Main Street, Dexter, MI 48130  734.426.1234

redbrick kitchen & bar
8093 Main Street, Dexter, MI 48130  734.424.0420
Cravingz Coffee Shop - Maple-Pecan Flavored Coffee & Maple Latte
140 S. Clinton St, Stockbridge, MI 49285  517.851.3810

Stockbridge Diner - Maple Syrup Topped Cinnamon Rolls
110 E. Main St, Stockbridge, MI 517.851.7900
Cleary's Pub - Maple-Glazed Georgian Bay Ruby Red Trout & Spiced Maple Bourbon Martini
133 S. Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118   734.475.1922

Chelsea Alehouse - Maple Porter
420 N Main St #100, Chelsea, MI 48118  734.433.5500

Jerry's Pub - a number of maple dishes with McLennan maple syrup
650 Egan Highway Brooklyn, Michigan 49230  517.467.4700

Sandhill Crane Vineyards - a wide range of maple entrees, salads, and desserts
4724 Walz Rd, Jackson, MI 49201  517.764.0679

For more information, visit the website.