40 years of tapping trees has never been sweeter

    - Annual Maple Syrup Festival celebrates four decades with Torontonians -

    TORONTO, March 4 /CNW/ - Toronto's sugar shacks are back in full swing
and flowing with golden maple sap, as Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its Annual Sugarbush Maple Syrup festival,
which begins on March 7.
    The Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival has been open to the community since
1968 welcoming kids, families and new Canadians with the opportunity to get
outside and learn about Canada's tradition of making maple syrup. Fun events
such as wagon rides, craft sessions, tours, demonstrations, animal shows, and
special films have attracted more and more visitors each year.
    "This continues to be a family event that everyone enjoys year after
year, especially during the March break season," says TRCA Director of Parks
and Culture, Derek Edwards.
    To mark the occasion, TRCA has partnered with talented Toronto pastry
chef Iris Roteliuk, of Summerhill Market, to create a tasty treat featuring
Canada's national flavour.
    "While people are tapping trees, I hope they will start to think about
all the interesting ways to integrate maple syrup into their recipes, anything
from decadent salmon entrees to sweet desserts," says Roteliuk. "Maple pecan
shortbread with frozen maple parfait is quickly becoming one of my favourite
desserts. It combines fresh maple syrup with the crunch of a cookie, and is
quick and simple to make."
    Roteliuk's recipe as well as photos and videos featuring the community's
favourite maple syrup memories will be posted on the Maple Syrup Festival web
site at www.trcaparks.ca/maplesyrup.
    The Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival runs March 7 through April 6 at the
Kortright Centre for Conservation in Woodbridge and at Bruce's Mill
Conservation in Stouffville, $8 for adults and $5 for children above the age
of five. Details, including activity schedules, are available at

    About TRCA:

    With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our
vision is for The Living City(R)-a cleaner, greener and healthier place to
live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call
416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

For further information:

For further information: and registration, contact: Brown & Cohen
Communications & Public Affairs Inc., (416) 484-1132; Rowena Calpito, ext. 4,
rowena@brown-cohen.com; Wendy Kauffman, ext. 3, wendy@brown-cohen.com

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