Say Bonjour to the Maple Sugar Festival
Feb 22, 2013
This Saturday, February 23, things will be getting a little sweeter at Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie for the 15th Annual Maple Sugar Festival.
Organized by the Grande Prairie chapter of the French-Canadian Association of Alberta (ACFA), the festival will highlight a number of traditional francophone activities that are centered around ‘sugar shacks’, where traditionally the sap flows from the trees.
The end result a delectable sweet maple syrup concoction that is poured over snow to create taffy.
On average, upwards of 2000 people attend the event; a celebration for the French-Canadian community, this festival is open to everyone wanting to attend and embrace these sweet traditions.
The festival will run from 12 pm to 5 pm and include numerous children's activities, sleigh rides, skating on the pond and traditional French-Canadian music. Plus, French comfort staple poutine will be served at concession.
There is a nominal fee for admission which goes toward local French school and daycare programs.
Fifteen years in the making, the Maple Sugar Festival brings together French traditions with family fun and is surely one of the sweetest events to attend.