The Festival

The 2014 Festival

Updates coming as 2015 events are confirmed!

Event-Map-2014-horizUnless otherwise noted, events run the duration of Festival Day.

The Arena Area


5  Truck Over to the Toy
Show & Sale

Friday 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 8 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. Friday 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


6  Cheer at the Pancake
Flipping Contest

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Watch this wacky relay at the Arena. Plan to be there!


6  Explore the Antiques and Collectibles Show & Sale

Friday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$3 adult/child, “babes-in-arms” 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.

bird6  Enjoy the Birds of Prey Show

9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
$3 adult, $2 child 3-12
2 & under free

Come and see this fascinating presentation and meet the birds after the show.

6  Marvel at the “Got Magic Tour” Show

1:30 p.m.
$3 adult, $2 child 3-12
2 & under free

New this year! Be amazed by feats of magic.

sugar bush

10  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. Not wheelchair accessible.


12  Visit Our “New and Improved” Family Area

Enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, the food truck area, pony rides, bouncy castles, Robin in the Hood and much more.

familyGet your photo taken with Flap Jack!
Where will Flap Jack be?
7 a.m.   Pancake Tent
8 a.m.   Gore Park Bandstand
10 – 12 p.m.   Pancake Flipping Contest
Walking around the Family Area and South Street for the rest of the afternoon.

familyCooking demonstrations:
7:45 a.m.   Cooking with the Canucks (The Crazy Canuck)
8:45 a.m.   Chef D (Chef D TV)
9:45 a.m.   Carla Johnson (Cooking with Sin)
10:40 a.m.   Fred Martin (Maple Syrup Producer)
11:40 a.m.   Chef Stephen Goyda (Kitchener Market)
12:45 p.m.   Chef Dierre (Never Enough Thyme)
1:45 p.m.   Angus Sheach (DeliWorks)
2:45 p.m.   Chef D (Chef D TV)

family*New* Food Truck Vendors at the WMC
Sample international cuisine with a twist!
Each food truck has a feature “maple” item on their menu.

More free things to see indoors at the WMC
In the Community Room from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.:
Mary Shaw
(author, “Brady Brady” series)
Steve McKenna (Canadian former NHL player)

In the Dan Snyder Arena:
8 a.m.   Ontario Rhythm Cloggers
8:30 a.m.   Pat’s Country Connection
9:30 a.m.   Encore Dance Studio
10:30 a.m.   Ontario Rhythm Cloggers
11 a.m.   Pat’s Country Connection
11:30 a.m.   Ontario Rhythm Cloggers
12 p.m.   Pat’s Country Connection


12  Live Music on the
Main Stage

8 a.m.   Singalong with Larry & Holly
9 a.m.   Chelsea Crites
10 a.m.   Elizabeth Naeckel
11 a.m.   Kevin Pauls
12 p.m.   The GiGi Sisters with Annelise Forbes
1 p.m.   Suzanne Doyle
2 p.m.   Jessie Treneer with Annelise Forbes
3 p.m.   Gord Kidd, Brian Ward & Ian Castor

12  The Mobile Sugar Shacksugar 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 in the Family Area. 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

$4 – one pancake
$2 – one additional pancake
$1 – drink

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!


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.


3  Savour Old-Fashioned Toffee

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

bandstand3  Live Music in the Bandstand

8 a.m.   Kevin Pauls – World Vision
9 a.m.   Callisto
10 a.m.   Nick Gush & Janice Howie
11 a.m.   The Suns
12 p.m.   Nick Gush & Pam Davies
1 p.m.   Johanna Pavia
2 p.m.   Rory Gardiner
3 p.m.   Callisto


4  Catch the Quilt and Craft
Show & Sale

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.     $2 adult, 12 & under free
Enjoy the skilled craft-makers featuring handmade quilts, jewellery, clothing and decorations for your home. See the quilting demonstration.


7  The Resting Place

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Zion Mennonite Fellowship, 47 Arthur Street. Enjoy a rest from all the action and delicious food.


8  Ride the Train from Waterloo

Three round trips to Elmira on Festival Day. Not wheelchair accessible. “Owned & Operated by Waterloo Central Railway”. Visit for details and tickets.

log sawing

11  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

9  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.


13  Go for a Pony Ride

Pint-sized ponies for your little tots! In 2 locations: at Old MacDonald’s Farm and in the Family Area.


14  The Mennonite Story & Farmer’s Plus present two
short films:
Who Are the Mennonites?
Mennonites of Ontario

11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Donations accepted

Come discover or reconnect with the history, beliefs and practices of the Mennonite people. Experience the fertile beauty of the local farming community, with aerial shots by Carl Hiebert. Books and maple syrup will be available for sale.
Donations benefit The Mennonite Story, a non-profit organization in St. Jacobs which tells the story of the local Mennonites to tourists who visit them. Located in the Farmer’s Plus boardroom, enter off Church St.