The Festival

The 2016 Festival

Coming in March: Print your own event guide for Festival Day.
Elmira Maple Syrup Festival MapUnless otherwise noted, events run the duration of Festival Day.

The Arena Area


  Truck Over to the Toy
Show & Sale

Friday 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday $3, Saturday $2 adult
12 & under free

Toys of the past and present plus the official “Limited Edition Maple Syrup Bank” are featured at Lions Hall beside the arena.

  Check out a Stack of Events
in the Dan Snyder Arena

Flat-fee entry, good all day
$4 adult, $3 child 3-12, 2 & under free

pancake mileWitness the Running of the “Pancake Mile”
9 a.m. location TBA
Run a quarter mile – eat a pancake – and repeat! Served to you by RunWaterloo. More information or register to run here.

Watch talented pups in the Dog Show
2016 times TBA
The pooches of “Four Paws Flying” perform their Dog Sport Variety Show with freestyle frisbee, agility obstacle course and musical freestyle tricks. Sponsored by Elmira Pet Products.

pancake flippingCheer at the Pancake Flipping Contest
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Watch this wacky relay at the Arena. Plan to be there to cheer on your favourite team!

Birds of Prey ShowEnjoy the Birds of Prey Show
2016 times TBA
See large raptors and watch the hawks fly over the stands. Meet the handler and one of the birds up close after the show.

Catch the Dance Show
2016 time TBA
Tap your toes to the beat during a dance show by Encore Dance Studio. A variety of dance styles will be featured in the performance.

Take in a Concert
2016 time TBA
Take a seat and treat your ears to a country music performance by Tianna Woods.

Quilt & Craft Show & Sale

  Catch the Mennonite Quilting Demonstration & Sale

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Enjoy seeing the skilled Mennonite quilters demonstrate their craft. Browse the quilts for sale. Upstairs in the arena.

Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale

11  Explore the Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale

Friday 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$3 adult, 12 & under free
Take a step back in time and discover treasures from the past from a variety of vendors. Test your knowledge at the What Is It? Contest and place your bids in the silent auction.

sugar bush

  Explore the Sugar Bush

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$5.50 adult, $3.50 child 3-12
2 & under free

Venture out to a local sugar bush by bus to experience all of the maple syrup preparations. Bus is not wheelchair accessible, please see ticket booth for accessible directions.

  The Mobile Sugar Shack

Can’t make it to the Sugar Bush on Festival Day? Then join the Waterloo Wellington Maple Syrup Producers at their miniature Sugar Shack and Evaporator, location TBA. You can see how maple syrup is made and check out their collection of spiels, tubing and old-fashioned buckets.


The Main Drag

pancakes1   Devour Our Pancakes

2016 pricing TBA
Try our golden-brown pancakes and famous maple syrup. You will find us just off the Mall on Wyatt Street. Get yours before they’re gone!

half-mile-long outdoor Mall

2  Browse the Mall &
Excite your Tastebuds!

Craft booths, apple fritters, baked goods, maple syrup and much more await you and your appetite along the half-mile-long outdoor Mall. Plus, mouth-watering, home-style meals are featured at the local churches.

Old-Fashioned Toffee

3  Savour Old-Fashioned Toffee

See the old-fashioned way of boiling down the sap and sample unforgettable maple syrup toffee!

3  Listen to Live Local Bands in the Gazebo

2016 time TBA “John Downham”

  The Quilt & Craft Show & Sale

This show has been cancelled for 2016, but you can still catch the Mennonite quilters in action at their demonstration & sale. See 11 for details!

Resting Place

  The Resting Place

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Zion Mennonite Fellowship, 47 Arthur Street. Enjoy a rest from all the action or meet up with friends before exploring the festival.

log sawing

  Saw A Log

Have some fun near the Mall! Join the Venturer Scouts of the 1st Elmira Scout Group to test your sawing skills. Take your branded slice home as a souvenir!

old macdonald's farm

  Visit Old MacDonald’s Farm

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$0.50 adult/child

See the animals, find your way through the straw maze and climb on the tractor in the buggy shed by the pancake tent.

Pony Ride

  Go for a Pony Ride

Your little tots can take a ride around the ring on ponies that are just their size!

Ride the Train

  Ride the Train

Three round trips from the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market to Elmira on Festival Day. Not wheelchair accessible. “Owned & Operated by Waterloo Central Railway”.
Details and tickets here

  Catch a Movie on MennonitesMovie on Mennonites

11 a.m. & 12, 1, 2 & 3 p.m.
The Mennonite Story and Farmers Plus present special screenings of two short films in the Farmers Plus boardroom (across from Home Hardware):
Mennonites of Ontario and Who Are The Mennonites?
Donations to The Mennonite Story gratefully accepted.

  Breastfeeding Comfort Zone Breastfeeding Comfort Zone

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
St. James Lutheran Church, 60 Arthur Street. Get comfortable in this indoor breastfeeding zone hosted by volunteers from the Community Breastfeeding Alliance of Waterloo Region, including a public health nurse.

Get a Photo with FlapjackFlapjack

Keep your eyes peeled throughout the day for our festival mascot! Say “Hi” and take your photo with Flapjack. Want to share your photo online? Great! Use #EMSF2016.