Maple Syrup Festival kicks off Feb. 27

Maple Syrup Festival kicks off Feb. 27

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The 2016 Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast, a learning and dining experience offered by Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Touch of Nature Environmental Center, is set for Feb. 27-28.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the center. Area artisans and vendors will be on display. Visitors can observe blacksmithing, hide tanning, basket weaving, woodworking, furniture making, handcrafted guitars, pottery, silk embroidery, natural soaps and candles, herbal products and more.

Demonstrations will be given twice per day on the history of maple production, as well as on how trees are tapped and how that is then turned into maple syrup. Guided tree identification hikes will also be offered twice per day. A variety of children's activities will be taking place throughout the day as well.

Admission to the festival is $3 per vehicle. However, that charge is waived for all who have pre-registered and paid in advance for the annual pancake breakfast, served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 26-27.  There, visitors can dine on homemade pancakes with maple syrup processed from Touch of Nature trees.

The Touch of Nature Environmental Center is located on Giant City Road about eight miles south of Carbondale.

For more ticket information, as well as to purchase tickets online, click here, or call (618) 453-1121. The deadline for purchasing tickets in advance is 2 p.m. on Feb. 26.

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