Two weekends a year in Highland County, VA people come from neighboring counties and states to visit the Maple Festival.
The most southern point on the East Coast where maple syrup can be made comes alive with people hungry for buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes, golden maple syrup, maple flavored fudge, ice cream, and donuts, and beautiful hand made crafts.
Two years ago I took three college friends up for the festival over our spring break, last year a friend and I went up one weekend to enjoy the festival and the next weekend to serve pancakes–equally enjoyable, and this year I took a friend who did not know the Maple Festival existed! We concluded he must live under a rock.
The best place for pancakes is the Bolar Ruritan Club. Made from scratch pancakes, hand made sausage patties, socializing, and supporting local scholarships, it is the place to come hungry and leave satisfied!
Our drive up was beautiful and filled with good conversation and lots of laughter. Cortez said the Bolar Ruritan Club reminded him of something he might see in a movie and want to try, but it wasn’t something he’d choose to actually attend. Needless to say, he was very glad I’d invited him along…and he was finally convinced to bring his family up next weekend!
A few highlights included:
My first Maple Festival pancakes of the year. One word: yum!
Cortez about to try his first buckwheat pancakes (he LOVED them)!
Fascinating wood work!
Love masks! Took me back to Venice.
The yellow was working for him!
About to try my first fried Oreos! Delish.
Laughter, maple syrup, and friendship…it’s what memories are made of.