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VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP AND
MAPLE PRODUCTS CONTEST
"The Best of Vermont"
The Vermont Maple Syrup and Maple Products contest, which is held annually at the Maple Exhibit hall, is the largest maple contest in Vermont. The winners of this contest deserve to be recognized as having made the "Best of Vermont," a laudable achievement in a state already known for the outstanding quality of its maple products. The 2014 maple syrup contest will include the top three color classes of grade A syrup, using the new Vermont Grade Standards: Golden Maple – Delicate Taste, Amber Maple – Rich Taste, and Dark Maple – Robust Taste. Producers still using the old system of grading for 2014 syrup may submit their syrup graded Vermont Fancy, Medium Amber, and/or Dark Amber.
Vermont Maple Sugarmakers take justifiable pride in their products. They treasure the results of their labors in the sugar woods and in the sugarhouse - the sparkling clear maple syrup - just the right thickness - the superb flavor for which Vermont is famous. Every batch must meet the standards of clarity, color, density and flavor that are set out by Vermont law. Samples are compared with a grading kit to determine grade color, with a hydrometer or similar instrument to check density, and finally the sugarmaker tastes the syrup to make certain that the flavor matches the color and the grade. And although all of the tests are necessary to assure quality that is worthy of being labeled Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, it is that final flavor check that hints to the sugarmaker that perhaps this batch is an award winner! Saved in a pint jar in the freezer, the syrup will be delivered on the appointed day to the Vermont Maple Festival judges, where all syrups entered are carefully evaluated by an experienced panel. "Excellent" Blue ribbons are awarded to those who qualify, with "Outstanding" Blue Ribbons awarded to the best syrups in each grade. Then, suspense mounts as the most outstanding syrup is announced at the Vermont Maple Barbeque - The "Best of Show" receives the coveted C. Blake Roy award!
Visit the display at the maple exhibit hall and you will see some of the finest examples of the Sugarmakers craft.
Maple products that are judged include Maple Sugar Cakes, Maple Cream, Maple Granulated Sugar and Maple Fudge. All maple products are evaluated according to the highest standards of excellence and the winner of each category will be selected, along with the "Best of show” for Maple Products.
The Maple Exhibit Hall, where the contests are located, is in the Bellows Free Academy Cafeteria, off of Fairfield Street, Number 6 on your map. The Exhibit Hall is Handicapped Accessible, and a parking area is located adjacent to the Cafeteria.
Vermont Maple Syrup and Products Contests
All maple syrup entries require one pint containers, all other classes are to be in the quantity indicated. We ask that no identifying labels or private label containers be used for your contest entries. All maple syrup entries must be graded by the entrant. Contest entrants must be residents of Vermont.
Class and Product
- Maple Syrup, Golden Amber – Delicate Taste
- Maple Syrup, Amber Maple – Rich Taste
- Maple Syrup, Dark Maple – Robust Taste
- Pure Maple Sugar Cakes, 5 small cakes
- Pure Maple Cream, 8 oz.
- Pure Maple Fudge, 8 oz *(may contain nuts)
- Maple Granulated Sugar, 8 oz.
Please note: Maple Cream and Granulated Sugar must be entered in clear glass or clear plastic containers so that the products are visible when displayed.
Rules and Entry Procedures
Entering the Maple Syrup and Maple Products Contest is easy! Pick out your best 2014 Syrups, Maple Cream, Candy, Fudge, and prepare to enter the contests at the 48th Annual Vermont Maple Festival.
Getting your entries to St. Albans and the 2014 edition of the Vermont Maple Festival: Entries can be delivered to the Festival Exhibit Hall (BFA Cafeteria off of Fairfield Street in St. Albans) on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m. only.
Entries can be delivered to the following UVM Extension offices no later than Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014:
Other delivery places:
White River Junction: FSAS Agency Office, 28 Farm Vu Drive, by 3pm Wed. April 23rd.
Westfield: Couture's Maple Shop, Route 100
Please note: there will be no pickup in Brattleboro or Newport this year.
Entries may also be shipped by mail or UPS to the Vermont Maple Festival, c/o UVM Extension, 278 South Main Street, St. Albans, VT 05478 to arrive no later than noon on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
Entry Tags: Tags must be completed by the contestant before leaving the entry. Entry Tags will be available at each pick up point and the Maple Festival Exhibit Hall. Entry tags must be completed by the exhibitor and the correct contest class noted. The festival assumes no responsibility for error by exhibitors. All entries become the property of the Festival and no containers or dishes can be returned to the exhibitor. Syrup containers will not be returned.
Entries per Farm: Maple syrup or product entries can be made in the name of any employee or family member, but absolutely no more than one entry per class per farm will be accepted. Violation of this rule section may result in disqualification of all the contestants' entries.
Judging: All entries will be judged by a team of judges on Thursday evening, April 24, 2014 beginning at 5 p.m. No one is permitted in the judging area during judging (except for the judges and their assistants). All contest rules must be followed exactly and decisions of the judges are final. Contestants will be notified of the reason for any disqualification by the contest chair. Only pure Vermont maple syrup may be used in the preparation of any entry.
Awards: All entries judged to be Excellent in each class will receive a Blue Ribbon and $10. Entries judged to be Outstanding in each class will receive a Blue Ribbon and $15. Best of Class winners will be presented an additional $10, a rosette, and one ticket to the Vermont Maple Barbeque; additional tickets are available. Presentations are made at the Vermont Maple Barbeque on Saturday evening.
The Best of Show winner in the Maple Syrup Contest is chosen from Class winners. The winner shall receive a special $50 award from the Franklin County Maple Cooperative in memory of C. Blake Roy.
Enjoy the 48th Annual Vermont Maple Festival.
Call Tim Wilmot 899-9926