STATUS OF MAPLE WEEKEND 2021
We know that many people throughout New York State love to visit our member maple producers during the traditional Maple Weekend celebrations in March. This year, however, the risks presented by COVID-19 are making that tradition one that we all have to think about more carefully.
Our Board of Directors has been actively monitoring all official information concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our ability to safely conduct public events like Maple Weekend. We understand that the pandemic situation, and various regulations concerning it, vary from county to county. We recognize our obligation to public safety for any event that we officially promote and sponsor across all of our regions. Therefore, the Board has unanimously decided to cancel the Statewide official Maple Weekend for 2021.
That being said, we do understand that certain local maple producers may have physical facilities that can safely operate with drive-through, online ordering for take-out, limited-capacity safe accommodation of socially-distanced customers, etc. Likely there is a maple producer with these accommodations near you who will be open for these sorts of visits.
To find one of these safe-operation producers, we encourage you to use our map of maple producers to determine who might be able to accommodate you for a visit. Please check directly with them at https://nysmaple.com/buy-local/
We regret that we have had to take this action in 2021, but we remain hopeful that things will gradually return to normal as the rest of the year progresses. We thank you for your love of all things maple, and we will do our part to make sure that there will always be a tasty supply when you get that craving!
Please stay healthy and stay safe,
Last updated March 15, 2021