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Maple trees in Richelieu Park. Photo: Hannah Manning

Foodie Friday: Muséoparc Vanier’s sugar festival returns for another virtual season—until April 9

By Hannah Manning on April 1, 2022

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Some call the snowy spring days of late March and early April Ottawa’s third winter (followed closely by mud season), but I prefer to think of it as the sweetest time of year: maple syrup season!

 

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Ottawa is home to the Muséoparc Vanier, an urban sugar shack that is hosting the 37th edition of their sugar festival. The 2022 editions offers the same traditions as always, just in a virtual formal. Featured in an episode of 613TV’s Hidden Gems of Ottawa, the Vanier Sugar Shack was set on fire in August 2020, but reconstruction is underway and scheduled for a fall 2022 reopening. Until we can gather together at the sugar shack, we can celebrate together virtually.

During the nine days of the 2022 Virtual Sugar Festival, a new activity will be unveiled each day exclusively on their web-based app, but registration is already open for the Maple Taffy kits. Soup(e) Splash is now SOLD OUT. Soup(e) Splash kits include seven soup samples, bread, and a voting card to pick your favourite. Participants include Tasha’s Fine Foods (last year’s winner), Fraser Café, Le St Laurent, Dhruvees, Union Street Kitchen CaféEpicuria, and Cuisine TradPlus (Centre Pauline Charron). Pickup is on Saturday, April 2, at Partage Vanier (161 Marier Avenue).

 

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 The Vanier Museopark is one of 11 community museums in the city of Ottawa and one of the few francophone museums outside Québec in Canada. Located in the middle of a 17.5-acre urban park, which has influenced its name, the Museopark enjoys an exceptional setting. Wishing to perpetuate the transmission of French-Canadian history and the traditions of maple syrup production, the Museopark will be sharing several educational videos during the festival as well. Learn about the welfare of sled dogs or the tapping of maple trees in Richelieu Park. For those who can’t visit the park, the tapping of maple trees video, featuring Sheldon McGregor and Gabrielle Fayant, shares the origins and legacy of maple syrup production, and Marc Madore, the Museopark’s chief maple producer, talks about the challenges of an urban sugar bush. It’s a great virtual experience.

Looking for more options to satisfy your sweet tooth? Head to Lanark County, the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario.


The Vanier Sugar Shack is located at 300 des Pères Blancs Avenue. While the building is currently closed to the public, Richelieu Park is open and a great place for a short walk through the maple trees. Learn more about the Museopark online, including the 2022 sugar season.

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