Vermont Maple Festival is a celebration of food and arts and takes place during the last weekend of April at St. Albans downtown, Vermont. The three-day event provides visitors with the opportunity to celebrate Vermont's spring tradition of maple syrup making and indulge in countless sweet delights. The festival has been held since 1967 and features exhibits, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment on the Main Stage, and a craft & antiques fair. Local vendors will reward your taste buds with Maple Milk Shakes, Maple Cremes, Sugar on Snow, Maple Frosted Donuts, Pancakes, and Maple Barbecue.
Vermont Maple Festival also offers bus tours to the state's famous sugarhouses. Visitors can meet sugarmakers and learn about the process. The festival also features a Maple Syrup Contest & Cooking Contest, the display of Vermont Maple products, the Maple Beverage Tasting, Paint & Sip game, the Youth Talent Show, Fiddlers Show, and the Annual Sap Run.
The grand parade is the highlight of the Vermont Maple Festival. The parade begins on Stebbins Street, then travels up to Main Street past the Main Street Stage. After that, it reaches Lower Newton Street, turns west and ends on Lower Newton Street. Visitors can see colourful floats, marching bands, equestrian teams, bagpipers, the Maple Ambassadors, clowns, fire trucks, tractors, and much more.