Thank you to all who attended the Richmond Hill Ward 4 Maple Syrup Festival last month! Due to the pandemic this year’s festival was delivered in a virtual format.
This year’s webinar included presentations from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority staff on a variety of Maple Syrup themed topics. The presentation also included a wonderful discussion about Maple Syrup from a First Nations perspective, as well as an opening and closing ceremony from Elder Whabagoon. Elder Whabagoon is an Ojibway Elder and she sits with the Loon Clan. She is a member of the Lac Seul First Nation, a Keeper of Sacred Pipes, a 60’s Scoop survivor, active community member, speaker, a land defender and water protector.
The recording of the video highlights from the event can be found at https://davidwest-richmondhill.ca/maple-syrup-festival/.
An excerpt of the event recording with the recipe for Maple Switchel can be found at https://youtu.be/dB73eSF-yt4. Maple Switchel is a delicious drink that attendees learned how to make, and is much better than any energy drink you can buy, in my humble opinion!
Thanks also to those who participated in our contests, including the Selfie with a Maple Tree contest. All prize winners have been selected and will be contacted soon to arrange for delivery of their prizes.
I look forward to hosting a live and in person Maple Syrup Festival next year and I hope you can join us in 2022!