The Festival

2018 Elmira Maple Syrup Festival Events will be posted on March 1!

See below for all the great events from the 2017 Festival

Print your own event map for Festival Day – coming in March

Unless otherwise noted, events run the duration of Festival Day.

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


 Buskers on the Mall
The Vaudevillian
Pan Flute: Fernan Enriquez

 Music in the Gazebo
12 p.m. Melissa Koehler
1 p.m. Ricky Mullen
2 p.m. Joe’s Basement
3 p.m. Liv Gains

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!

  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.

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 #EMSF17
7:30 – 7:50 a.m. Pancake Tent/Old MacDonald’s Farm
8 – 8:30 a.m. Live Music Gazebo
9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Kids Zone – Snyder Arena Upper Level
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pancake Flipping Contest
1 – 2:15 p.m. Roaming the Mall and Gazebo Area
2:30 – 4 p.m. Kids Zone – Snyder Arena Upper Level

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.

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.

  Check out a Stack of Events
in the Woolwich Memorial Centre

$7 adult, $3 child 3-12, $20 family of 4 or more
2 & under free

 A Snyder Arena

Watch the Talented Pups of Four Paws Flying
8:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
The pooches of “Four Paws Flying” perform their Dog Sport Variety Show with freestyle frisbee, agility obstacle course and musical freestyle tricks (30 minute show). 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!

Be Astounded by Bill Nuvo
12:15 p.m.
Don’t miss this comedic illusionist show! (45 minute show)

Take in a Concert
9:15 a.m. & 1:45 p.m.
Take a seat and treat your ears to a country music performance by Tianna Woods (45 minute show). Nominated in 2015 for the CMAO Female Artist of the year  & in the Best Country Artist category for the Toronto Independent Music Award.

Catch the Dance Show
2:45 p.m.
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 (45 minute show).

Snyder Arena Upper Level

Admire the Maple Syrup Contest Display
We have a winner! Congratulations to Maple Tap Farm – our 2017 Producer of the Year! Come admire the samples of “liquid gold” submitted for judging, and see if you can pick out the winner. Located in the 2nd floor foyer.

Kids Zone
Visit the balloon artist & face painter (small fee).
All day: Meet Belle, Cinderella, Aurora and Snow White
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet Frozen’s Elsa and Anna
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Be one with the force with Jedi and Sith
1 – 2 p.m. Join us for some Hogwarts fun, meet Frozen’s Elsa and Anna
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Be one with the force with Jedi and Sith

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

 McLeod Arena

Explore the Antique Show, Mennonite Quilting Demonstration & Sale,
and Craft Market

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

Marvel at the Got Magic Tour
12 & 2 p.m.
Like comedy, escapes, close-up card tricks? We’ve got it all with three magicians all in one show! Meet the Got Magic Young Magicians team as they wow you with their illusions (1 hour show). Stick around after the show to take a photo with Frozen’s Elsa!

  Get Interactive Outside at the WMC

Cost Varies
Check out the tractors! Have a blast in the bouncy castles & test your skills on the rock climbing wall (fees apply). Food trucks on site.