April 27, 28 and 29th, 2018
Thursday April 26, 2018
See rules below for entry deadline
Judging begins at 5:00 PM
Bellows Free Academy Cafeteria
See number 6 on the map
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 2018 maple syrup contest will include the top three color classes of grade A syrup, using the new Vermont Grade Standards:
• Golden Color – Delicate Taste
• Amber Color – Rich Taste
• Dark Color – Robust Taste
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 Color – Delicate Taste
Maple Syrup, Amber Color – Rich Taste
Maple Syrup, Dark Color – 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 2018 Syrups, Maple Cream, Candy, Fudge, and prepare to enter the contests at the 52st Annual Vermont Maple Festival.
Getting your entries to St. Albans and the 2018 edition of the Vermont Maple Festival: Entries can be delivered to the Festival Exhibit Hall (BFA Cafeteria off of Fairfield Street in St. Albans)
Entries can be delivered to the following UVM Extension offices no later than April 25, 2018 (Wednesday):
• St. Johnsbury
• South Burlington
• St. Albans
Other delivery places:
White River Junction: FSA Office, 28 Farm Vu Drive, by 3 pm Wed.
April 25, 2018. Westfield: Couture's Maple Shop, Route 100
Please note: there will be no pickup in Brattleboro, Newport, Middlebury and Rutland 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 26, 2018.
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 26, 2018 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 buffet; 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.
There will be someone in the office on Friday April 27, 2018 from 10 am till 2 pm to answer any of the entrant’s questions or concerns. After this time your name and number will be given to the Chair and they will contact you.
Enjoy the 52st Annual Vermont Maple Festival.
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.
The 2018 Vermont maple syrup and maple products contest!
Golden Maple- Brian Young Glover VT
Amber Maple- Gerald Laroche Swanton VT
Dark Maple- Maple Crest Underhill VT
Best of Show- Brian Young Glover VT
C. Blake Roy Award- Brian Young Glover VT
Maple Sugar Cakes - Glen & Ruth Goodrich Cabot VT
Maple Cream - Stonyhill Sugar House East Fairfield VT
Maple Fudge - Kevin Companion Huntington VT
Maple Granulated Sugar - Taft’s Milk & Maple Huntington VT