Maple is on the Menu at the 2015 National Maple Syrup Festival, March 5-8
February 19, 2015
From maple glazed pork tenderloin to apple maple bacon fritters, maple is definitely on the menu at the 2015 National Maple Syrup Festival. On March 5-8, some of Brown County’s finest restaurants will be serving special maple-infused dishes to highlight the variety of foods that can be enhanced with pure maple syrup as an ingredient.
Festival guests can expect to find a wide variety of maple dishes, ranging from sweet to savory and everything in between. Not only will restaurants feature dishes that bring a unique maple twist to classic favorites, there will also be truly one-of-a-kind maple creations on the menu too.
In the Village of Nashville, festival-goers can enjoy a hearty bowl of curried maple chickpea stew at the Artists Colony Inn or elegant maple pork en croute at Big Woods Brewing Company. Maple apple cinnamon scones with maple tea will be on the menu at Sweetea’s Tea Shop and even a rather unconventional maple syrup pizza can be found at Big Woods Pizza.
Just outside of town, guests at this year’s fifth-anniversary Festival can satisfy their sweet tooth with some maple walnut chocolate chip cookies at the 19th Hole Sports Bar at Salt Creek Golf Retreat or some mouthwatering apple maple bacon fritters at the Brown County Inn.
Those seeking the complete maple dining experience can dig in to a full maple meal at Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville, which will serve salads with maple vinaigrette dressing, maple glazed pork tenderloin, and maple Italian cream cake. The Season’s Lodge also will be keeping with the maple theme from start to finish, serving maple butternut squash soup, maple brine roast pork loin, and maple walnut pie. The Lodge even will be offering maple candied bacon doughnuts in the morning too!
Recipes prepared by participating restaurants are previous Sweet Victory Challenge winners, maple-related recipes of their own creation, or a combination of both. The Sweet Victory Challenge is the national recipe contest of the Festival, involving nationally acclaimed chefs, food writers, bloggers, and of course maple-based dishes. This year’s Sweet Victory Challenge will be held at the Story Inn on March 7 and 8.
As the National Maple Syrup Festival approaches, more recipes and restaurants will join in this “Maple on the Menu” feature of the Festival. A complete list of participating restaurants can be found at http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/maple-on-the-menu-in-nashville-restaurants/.
Maple also will be on the menu during several other National Maple Syrup Festival activities. On March 7 and 8, the Dutch Oven Diva will prepare maple dishes live in front of spectators over a campfire in the Brown County State Park. Gourmet hot chocolate and maple marshmallows from Brooke’s Candy Co. and 240Sweet also will be available.
Of course no maple syrup festival would be complete without pancakes, which is exactly why Chris Cakes will be serving up delicious hotcakes with a side of entertainment during the Festival’s Pancake Breakfast at the Brown County High School on March 7 and 8.
For those looking to fill up on some food for thought not just for the taste buds, there also will be a Dinner Series complete with speakers and a maple meal. Maple experts Dr. Mike Farrell and Christine Tailer will share their tapping tales, sugaring adventures, and tricks of the trade over a mouthwatering dinner featuring maple-infused dishes on March 5 and 6. Tickets are $35 per person and include a reception, dinner presentation, and special maple gift. Beer pairings are an additional $7.50 per person. Tickets are available online at http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/dinner-series-speakers/ or can be purchased in person at the Brown County Visitors Center. Seating is limited to 125 guests.
Several other activities and events will be occurring throughout the county and within the Village of Nashville as part of the National Maple Syrup Festival, including live sugaring demonstrations, historical reenactments, interpretive hikes, the sale of maple-related goods and foods, family fun, and much more.
For more information on the National Maple Syrup Festival, please visit nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com and be sure to make plans to attend March 5-8.