Flavour matters: What makes Lanark County maple syrup taste so good
Year after year, the distinct flavours of Lanark County maple syrup are celebrated on tables across the region. Like fine wine, the geographical location where maple syrup is made has a big impact on its flavour. Interestingly, it is the same scenic topography that draws thousands of visitors to Lanark County each year that is also a contributor to the flavours found in the syrup made there.
Lanark County has the perfect environment for maple syrup production; both geographically and geologically. The region is found near the Frontenac Axis where the Canadian Shield meets the Limestone Plains. The combination of minerals in the soil found in Lanark County offers an especially diverse “terroir” that flavours the world champion maple syrup produced across the county.
Needless to say, making such distinct and flavourful maple syrup is a point of pride for Lanark County maple syrup producers, and this sweet springtime treat is woven into the culture of the communities in Lanark County.
For the skeptic, the proof is in the (maple) pudding; Lanark County’s maple syrup producers have walked away with numerous awards thanks to the high quality and flavourful syrup produced there. Among the prestigious awards earned by producers are: the David Eaton World Championship Award at the Royal Winter Fair; the Premier Exhibitor Trophy for the highest points in all maple syrup categories; and the C. P. Corbett Trophy for the highest total points related to value-added maple categories.
Wheelers Pancake House and Maple Museum holds an international record for the most maple artifacts and has earned national recognition from Heritage Canada and Canadian Geographic.
The Lanark County Maple Flavour Wheel describes the many different flavours found in maple syrup. The syrup produced in Lanark County falls in the “Confectionary” range and is a sponge–taffy-tasting syrup that tastes great on pancakes. The flavour of Lanark County’s syrup is unique and highly sought after by maple syrup connoisseurs.
As the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, this sweet liquid gold is considered part of the very fabric of the community and celebrated, revered and loved, all year long. In spring, the maple syrup harvest is celebrated at maple sugar bushes and through community events, but the celebration continues into fall, where the concentration of sugar maple trees creates a dramatic display of fall colours.
The maple syrup influence in Lanark County doesn’t end there, it’s found everywhere from the Rideau Canal to Canada’s Mississippi River, where maple syrup pours from every table and is found in local restaurants, spas, breweries & distilleries, museums, specialty stores, factories, and even in the architecture.
Visitors from all over the world enjoy this authentic Canadian experience, spring, summer, fall and winter. Maple-themed events taking place in Lanark County are a chance for visitors and the communities to celebrate the importance of maple syrup to the fabric of the community.
For more information about Lanark County’s maple heritage, please visit www.lanarkcountytourism.com. For event updates, join Lanark County Tourism on Facebook. Get travel ideas about Lanark County on Pinterest. Order your free Lanark County Maple Routes map at www.lanarkcountytourism.com/free-brochures.
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