The Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival in McCreary is happening this Friday and Saturday.

Last year’s festival was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the 9th annual festival happening this Friday and Saturday is able to proceed with some in-person events.

President of the Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival, Pam Little, says a lot of the regular activities are still scheduled this year, but the usual “Sugarbush Visit” will need to be virtual this year.

“We take people out in horse and wagon and we have a fire where they do bannock on a stick and it’s a great outing, and hopefully on the 10th year [next year] we will be back to that.”

The festival highlights include:

Friday: Drive-in movie – The Croods 2 - $10/vehicle

Saturday: Farmers Market at the McCreary Community Centre, Family Scavenger hunt, geocaching, maple pancakes at Linda’s Diner

Virtual Manitoba Maple Syrup Festival online: Horse & wagons trip and tour at the sugar bush, learn about tapping and producing Manitoba maple syrup, listen to entertainers Ian Porteous, Rose Desjarlais and the Campbell’s. 

Pam Little says people can learn a lot from the festival.

“That’s what’s great about our festival, it’s very authentic. You can come to the festival and you will be tapping trees in your backyard soon after.”

The full schedule of events can be seen and tickets can be purchased at www.mbmaplesyrupfest.ca.