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​​​Media Release
For Immediate Release

A Sweet Star​​​t to Spring  

Spring​ Tonic Maple Syrup Festival, A​pril 6 & 7, 2019

​UTOPIA, Ontario (March 26, 2019) – Come ​elebrate the season at the annual Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation, April 6 and 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Maple syrup takes centre stage at the festival, with a pancake and sausage breakfast served daily until 2 p.m. Costumed re-enactors will be on hand to demonstrate pioneer and First Nations methods of making maple syrup, and Tiffin’s sugar shack will be open for visitors to see how syrup is made today. Tiffin maple syrup and other Simcoe County maple products will be available for purchase.

New this year, cadets from Canadian Forces Base Borden will be on-site showcasing their outdoor survival preparedness with an extensive winter-camp display.

Other activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, live music, visits with local fire and conservation officers, and a “Zoo to You” animal show. For a small materials fee of $5, visitors can build a bird feeder to take home. Tiffin’s scenic hiking trails will be open, with long and short paths for hikers of all abilities.

All-inclusive admission is $14 for adults, $7 for kids 12 and under, and free for infants (cash only please).

“The Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival, hosted with the Rotary Club of Barrie, is a great event for families or anyone wanting to shake off the winter weather,” said Byron Wesson, director conservation services with the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA).

“The Rotary Club of Barrie is pleased to once again host the Spring Tonic Festival,” said Rotarian David McCullough. “Environmental restoration projects in partnership with the NVCA, Christmas Cheer, and support to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre are just some of the many projects supported by the funds raised through the Spring Tonic Festival.”

The Tiffin Centre is located 10 minutes west of Barrie at 8195 8th Line of Essa, 4 km south of Highway 90 – watch for the signs. Visit nvca.on.ca or call 705-424-1479 for more information including maps and directions.

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About NVCA: The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is a public agency dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment through specialized programs to protect, conserve and enhance our water, wetlands, forests and lands.

About Rotary International: Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Media Contact: Heather Kepran​, Communications Coordinator, 705-424-1479 ext. 254,​hkepran@nvca.on.ca

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