SYRACUSE, N.Y. — This year’s Mid-Winter Maple Classic will take place on January 3rd and 4th at the NY State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. This is the second year the conference will be held at what is known as one of the world’s most successful maple marketing locations.
Friday night, Registration opens at 4:00 PM. The evening will feature talks by Tim Perkins, Director of the Vermont Proctor Maple Research Center, and Stephen Childs, Director of the Cornell Maple Program.
Tim Perkins’ talk is titled, Tapping Dos and Don’ts – How the Small Stuff Can Bite You Big. The talk will cover why tapping is one of the most critical parts of sap collection. Decisions that producers make and the way tapping is done can have large effects on the sap yields achieved. Small errors in tapping can result in large impacts on yield. Learning how to avoid mistakes is the best way to ensure you are getting maximum production from each taphole.
Stephen Childs’ evening session is titled, Granulated Maple Sugar and Its Use in Maple Cotton and Other Products. The session will focus on ways to adjust the process of making granulated maple sugar to best meet the needs of the various products it will be added to. There will be a demonstration of the production of maple cotton candy, and a review of the finer points of making the best quality cotton. The session will also demonstrate how maple sugar is processed to make it suitable for production of chocolate. Maple chocolate is one of the most recent new maple products the Cornell Maple Program has been developing.
Both of these sessions will be at 5:00 PM on Friday, followed by the annual used maple equipment and supplies auction at 6:00 PM. The deadline to register maple items in advance for the auction has passed, however, you can still register items at the door. Information on preregistered auction items will be made available via email request after December 26th. Auction service fee will be 15% of auction price paid by seller. Auction participants must be registered for Friday night’s conference in order to receive a bid number and participate in the auction.
After the auction, there will be a special celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Maple Conference: The Maple Wine, Beer, and Spirits Seminar and Social. The event will take place from 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM, and will feature samples of maple beverages served with hors d’oeuvres and live music. Be sure to include this option on your registration to receive a souvenir commemorative glass.
Saturday’s general admission registration opens at 7:30 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. Workshops begin at 9:00 AM. There will be over 40 sessions on all aspects of maple production. The schedule has been finalized and is printed below.
The day-and-a-half event will be hosted by the New York Maple Producers Association in conjunction with the New York FFA Alumni Association and Cornell Maple Program. The conference will follow a similar format as previous years.
For registration information, go to www.cornellmaple.com.
–New York Maple Producers Association
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