The Festival

2017 events will be released on March 1, but in the meantime please browse the 2016 events below!

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 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

$1 per sample
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 times TBA
“Larry and Holly Morrell Lesperance, Scott Morlock, and Kevin Carrol from the ‘Cowboy Up’ band”
“The James Downham Band”

  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!

  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

$3 adult, $2 child 3-12
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!


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 – 11 a.m.
Run a quarter mile – eat a pancake – and repeat! Served to you by RunWaterloo. More information or register to run here. Held on the outdoor track if weather and track conditions permit, alternate location is the indoor track.

Watch talented pups in the Dog Show
8:30 a.m. & 1:45 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!

Birds of Prey ShowEnjoy the Birds of Prey Show
9:15 a.m., 12 & 2:15 p.m.
See large raptors and watch the hawks fly over the stands. Meet the handler and one of the birds up close after the show (45 minute show).

Marvel at the Got Magic Tour
12 & 3 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 in the Community Room (1 hour show). Featuring the talents of: Fikayo – a master of coins and cards; K-Magic – a young illusionist; and DJ Carroll’s high energy interactive show.

Take in a Concert
1 & 3 p.m.
Take a seat and treat your ears to a country music performance by Tianna Woods (45 minute show).

Catch the Dance Show
3:45 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.

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.

  Admire the Maple Syrup Contest Display

Congratulations to Maple Tap Farm, winner of our first-ever maple syrup competition! Come admire the samples of “liquid gold” submitted for judging, and see if you can pick out the winner. Located on the first floor, by the entrance to the pool gallery.

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.

  Get Interactive Outside at the WMC

Cost Varies
Enjoy “Knight School”, the balloon artist, the face painter and even a fire juggling show! Outside at the WMC, these events are weather dependent.

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.
7 – 7:30 a.m. Pancake Tent/Old MacDonald’s Farm
8 – 8:20 a.m. Bandstand
8:45 – 9 a.m. Mayor’s Breakfast
9 – 9:30 a.m. Pancake Mile
10 – 11 a.m. Pancake Flipping Contest
1 – 2 p.m. Woolwich Memorial Centre