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Experience the Magic of Traditional Vermont Maple Syrup Making and the Vermont Maple Festival

Saint Albans

Experience the Magic of Traditional Vermont Maple Syrup Making and the Vermont Maple Festival

Step into the enchanting world of Vermont's maple syrup tradition with Tamithy Howrigan, Broker/Team Leader of Tamithy Howrigan Real Estate, as she ventures alongside the Chiappinelli Family in Georgia, Vermont. In this captivating segment, Tamithy unveils the timeless art of maple syrup production, the Vermont way.

The Chiappinelli Family epitomizes Vermont's maple syrup heritage, employing age-old methods passed down through generations. Armed with buckets, 5-gallon pails, and their majestic horses, they traverse their homestead, collecting sap from the maple trees scattered across their property. Experience the magic of traditional maple syrup making,  as they guide you through the process, from the gentle gathering of sap to the mesmerizing boil over a wood fire rig, culminating in the creation of liquid gold: Vermont Maple Syrup.

With approximately 1,200 taps across their property, the Chiappinellis gather family and friends, young and old, to assist in gathering the sweet sap. Generations unite, with children, grandchildren, neighbors, and lifelong friends joining in, all bound by smiles and a shared dedication to preserving this sweet Vermont tradition.

While modernization has swept through many maple syrup operations, the Chiappinelli Family remains unwavering in their commitment to the traditional method, embodying the very essence of Vermont's rural charm and community spirit.

Join Tamithy Howrigan and the Chiappinelli Family for an unforgettable journey into the heart of maple syrup making, where tradition, community, and nostalgia intertwine to craft memories that endure a lifetime. This is such a special part of springtime in Vermont, where each drop of syrup tells a tale of love, heritage, and the simple joys of life in the Green Mountain State.

A heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Chip and the entire Chiappinelli family for sharing their sweet day, and we eagerly anticipate future gatherings filled with warmth, laughter, and of course, maple syrup!

Celebrate all things maple at the Vermont Maple Festival in St. Albans, Vermont. 

April 26-28th, experience the St. Albans Vermont Maple Festival, a cherished annual event in its 57th year, that celebrates the region's rich maple syrup heritage. Each spring, locals and visitors alike gather to indulge in a variety of maple-themed treats, from fluffy pancakes drizzled with fresh syrup to maple-infused candies and beverages.

The festival offers a delightful mix of family-friendly activities, including sugarhouse tours, maple cooking demonstrations, and lively entertainment. It's a time-honored tradition that brings the community together to revel in the sweetness of Vermont's most beloved export.

Featured on the Travel Channel’s 50 States of Fun Festivals and selected as a 2024 Vermont Signature Event, the Maple Festival promises fun for everyone!

Here are just a few of this year’s maple-themed events.

  • Maple Tastings: Visitors can sample a wide array of maple products, including different grades of syrup, maple candies, maple-infused snacks, and even maple beverages.
  • Pancake Breakfast: A popular event where attendees can enjoy stacks of fluffy pancakes served with fresh maple syrup, sausage, and other breakfast delights.
  • Sugarhouse Tours: Guided tours of local sugarhouses offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the maple syrup production process firsthand, from tapping trees to boiling sap.
  • Antique Show: A showcase of vintage treasures and collectibles where attendees can browse and purchase unique finds from various vendors. From furniture to décor, there's something for every antique enthusiast to discover.
  • Youth Talent Show: A platform for young performers to showcase their talents in singing, dancing, instrumental music, and other forms of entertainment. It's a chance for the community to support and celebrate the creativity of local youth.
  • Fiddler's Variety Showcase: A highlight for music lovers, this showcase features talented fiddlers and other musicians performing a lively mix of traditional tunes and contemporary favorites. It's a celebration of Vermont's vibrant musical heritage and a testament to the skill and artistry of local performers.
  • Maple Cooking Demonstrations: Chefs showcase creative ways to incorporate maple syrup into various dishes, providing inspiration for home cooks.
  • Craft & Food Specialty Show: Local artisans and vendors display and sell handmade crafts, maple-themed souvenirs, and other unique items.
  • Live Entertainment: Musical performances, storytelling, and other live entertainment add to the festive atmosphere throughout the event.
  • Sap Run: A fun run or walk event that takes participants through scenic routes, treat yourself to maple-themed refreshments at the finish line.
  • Maple Festival Parade: The festival often features a lively parade with floats, marching bands, and community groups celebrating the maple season.

With its blend of delicious maple treats, lively entertainment, and fun activities, the St. Albans Vermont Maple Festival truly offers something for everyone. It's a time-honored tradition that brings together locals and visitors alike to celebrate the sweetness of Vermont’s sweetest industry and the vibrant spirit of the community. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience that captures the essence of Vermont's maple heritage!


Tamithy Howrigan Real Estate is a team of experienced, licensed real estate agents serving the Franklin, Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille Counties, VT metro area. With a proven track record of getting results quickly and a direct line of communication at all times.  
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