Maple syrup really does come from trees.
You can discover how it happens and taste fresh maple syrup at Touch of Nature Environmental Center.
The magic is all a part of Southern Illinois University’s annual Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake breakfast, set for Feb. 22 and 23.
This year’s festival hours are expanding from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The two-day event features activities for all ages, vendors, music, demonstrations, and breakfast with pancakes and homemade maple syrup.
Enjoy a plate
full of local fare including local sausage from Lick Creek Pork & Beef from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
Tickets for the breakfast are on sale now.
If purchased in advance, tickets cost $12 for adults ages 13 and older or $6 for ages 6-12.
At the door, tickets increase to $15 for adults and $8 for kids.
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.
See how maple sap is tapped from trees and then boiled to produce tasty syrup.
There will be live demonstrations at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. at the Lion’s Pavilion.
You can also watch as competitors demonstrate their prowess during the lumberjack games.
There will also be plenty of music on tap. Live performances will feature the sounds of Danny Brown, Jeremy T. McConaughey, Jermaine Bollinger, Kali Lynn, Bill Passalacqua and Greg Klyma.
Find the complete, up-to-date schedule and additional information, as well as advance ticket registration, at https://ton.siu.edu/events/maple-syrup-festival.php.