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Got maple? UMFK hosts "Sucrerie" on March 17

March 3, 2016

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UMFK students Catherine Bruno, from Montreal, Quebec, and Kendra Freund, from Delhi, Ontario, enjoying the maple taffy on the snow.
UMFK students Catherine Bruno, from Montreal, Quebec, and Kendra Freund, from Delhi, Ontario, enjoying the maple taffy on the snow.

When an event celebrates the first signs of spring with Acadian music, traditional local foods, live entertainment and the unique experience of eating maple taffy that has hardened on the snow, it must be the Sucrerie. As the sap begins to run in the maple trees, the University of Maine at Fort Kent will host its annual celebration of the start of the maple season on Thursday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nowland Hall.

The “maple sugar recreation” has drawn more than 300 community members to campus in years past. The event features a traditional maple taffy pull on the snow, an Acadian meal, and live entertainment.

The maple taffy pull and taste testing are free to the public. The University welcomes and encourages the public to attend the “Sucrerie.”

Organizers are charging a nominal fee of $10 per plate for the Acadian meal and entertainment, only. The committee has worked with Aramark dining services to create the perfect menu for the event.

UMFK continues to preserve and foster an appreciation of the Acadian and Franco-American heritage and culture by hosting annual events such as the “Sucrerie” and the “Fiddlers' Jamboree.”

For more information, contact the University Relations office at 834-7557 or by e-mail at: susan.tardie@maine.edu