Bake off among maple festival highlights

Fleischmanns — Spring in the Catskills is often announced by the trill of returning birds and sap running from maple trees immediately followed by the sweet amber signature of the mountains, pure maple syrup. So what happens when you mix that sweet succulent syrup with culinary prowess—the annual Fleischmanns First Maple Bake-Off to be held on Saturday, March 23 during the Maple Festival weekend in Fleischmanns.

Whether you are a seasoned baker or new to the art of mixing flour, sugar and flavors, Fleischmanns First is encouraging everyone to create confections with some sugar, butter, flour and a good strong dose of our region’s richest recourse—maple syrup.

The bake off is designed to reflect the traditional agricultural competitions of the county fairs that have dappled our rural geography since the early part of the 19th century.

And, as Fleischmanns First invites you to celebrate spring in true country form, they are also creating a cafe in the former telephone building on Main Street from 4-6 p.m. on March 23. This is one of several planned events for the Fleischmanns Maple Festival Weekend.
There is no entry fee for the bake off and you can obtain a registration form on www.markproject.org or by calling 586-3500. Ribbon award categories include traditional, gluten -free, low fat and baked goods made by intergenerational baking teams.

Tasting time
The café tasting and judging at the Café is a fundraiser for Fleischmanns First and is open to the public. Tickets are $15 and include maple-baked goods, maple walnut ice cream (courtesy of the Rotary Club of Pine Hill and Fleischmanns) and the opportunity to bid for the winning maple inspired indulgences.

This is just one of many Maple Festival events planned for the weekend. It all begins with the crowning of the Maple Princess on the steps of the historic Skene Memorial Library on Friday afternoon.
The celebration continues on Saturday, where you can pick up a maple savory meal from the Ate O

Ate food truck from 1-6 p.m. On Sunday from 8-11 a.m. the second annual Maple Pancake Breakfast will be served at the Fleischmanns Community Church to wrap up the weekend. Tickets for the breakfast are $7 dollars for adults, children 12 and under are free
For more information or to obtain the bake-off guidelines and entry form please contact the MARK Project at markproject.org or call Katie at 586-3500.