The Festival

The 2019 Festival Events, Coming in the Fall

See the 2018 Events below  

Print your own event map for Festival Day

Unless otherwise noted, events run the duration of Festival Day.  Events subject to change as required.

The 2018 Festival Events

The Main Drag

pancakes1   Devour Our Pancakes

7 a.m. – while supplies last
$4 per pancake
$1 per sausage patty
$1 per drink

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

half-mile-long outdoor Mall

2  Browse the Mall &
Excite your Tastebuds!

Browse handmade crafts and other unique goods; taste apple fritters, baked goods, maple syrup other delectables! All this 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

$1 per sample
See the old-fashioned way of boiling down the sap and sample unforgettable maple syrup toffee!                        

 3  Enjoy Live Local Performers

 Music in the Gazebo

8:30 am-9:15 am – Mat Taylor 
9:25 am-10:10 am – Jillian Elizabeth 
10:20 am-11:05 am – Vienna D’Amato Hall  
11:15 am-11:35 am – Mat Taylor  
11:45 pm-12:30 pm – Ricky Mullenam  
12:40 pm-1:25 pm – Jammers Waffle    
1:35 pm-2:20 pm – InnerMeadow  
2:30 pm-3:15 pm – Northland Band 

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.

  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!

  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. You can see how maple syrup is made and check out their collection of spiels, tubing and old-fashioned buckets.

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.

Sponsored by Elmira Pet Products

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

8 a.m. – 3 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 lactation experts.

  Hitch a Ride on the Mini-Train

One way: $3 adult, $2 child 3-12, 2 & under free
Catch a ride on the mini-train running on South Street from the Arena to Arthur Street. Give your legs a rest or ride it just for fun!


Meet 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 #EMSF18
8:00 a.m.  Pancake Tent
9:00 a.m.  Gore Park 
11:00 a.m. Pancake Flipping Contest
12:30 p.m. Gore Park  
1:30 p.m.
 Special Events Arena / Kids Zone 

The Arena Area

  Truck Over to the Toy
Show & Sale

Friday 6:30 p.m. – 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.

  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.

 Check out a Stack of Events 
in the Woolwich Memorial Centre

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The music, events, Kids zone etc.

FREE – All Special Events in the Area 
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Antiques, Collectibles & Crafts Market
$3.00 Entry Fee

FREE – Mennonite Quilt Sale & Quilting 
In the Seniors’ Centre 
Fridy 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Saturday 8:30a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                                                    



 A Snyder Arena

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!

Take in a Concert
8:00 am-8:45 am – Jammers (Acoustic)
8:55 am-9:40 am – Ricky Mullen 
9:50 am – 10:35 am – Northland Band  (Acoustic)                                                                
10:45 am-11:30 am – Jillian Elizabeth
11:40 am-12:25 pm – InnerMeadow (Acoustic)
12:35 pm-1:20 pm – Vienna D’Amato Hall 
1:30 pm-2:15 pm – Ricky Mullen
2:25 pm-3:10 pm – Liv Gain

Snyder Arena 

Kids Inflatable Zone
Enjoy the bouncy tents and more. (Cost varies – purchase tickets at location)

Bouncy Castle: two tickets ($2.50)
Extreme Obstacle: two tickets ($2.50)
Space Slide: one ticket ($1.25)
Toddler Town: two tickets ($2.50)
Bungee Run: two tickets ($2.50) 

$1.25 per ticket 
$10.00 for 9 tickets 
$20.00 for 20 tickets  
All day pass is $20.00 

 McLeod Arena

Explore the Antiques, Collectives, & Craft Market 
$3.00 per person (Children under 12 are free  – must be with an adult)

Friday 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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. Shop the variety of handmade goods made by skilled crafters. Watch the Mennonite quilters in action at their demonstration & sale.

 Community Room after 10:30 a.m.

Visit the balloon artist & face painter (Donations Appreciated)
All Day: Meet Belle, Cinderella, Aurora, and Snow White
Have your photo taken with your favourite costumed characters (Free)
Kids Colouring: Come and show us your talents (Free) 

Get Your Backyard Maple Syrup Kit ($10)
Pick up a kit for $10 with everything you need, including instructions. Also available at Festival Headquarters, at the South end of the Mall.

Admire the Maple Syrup Contest Display
We have a winner! Congratulations to River Side Maple Farm – Our 2018  Producer of the Year! Come admire the samples of “liquid gold” submitted for judging.


 Get Interactive Outside at the WMC

Cost Varies 

New this year are the Carver Kings

Check out the tractors! Enjoy the many food trucks on site and get your FREE coffee at the McDonalds Truck.  Have a blast on the swings & test your skills on the rock climbing wall.  


  Pancake Mile.   

Outdoors by Elmira District Secondary School (EDSS)  
Starts at 9 a.m.   2018 will be the fourth Pancake Mile event – come watch 150 runners eat a pancake and then run a quarter mile… then do it all over again 3 times!