Yum! Make plans to get to Salem, Indiana, for the 17th annual Maple Syrup Festival at Leane and Michael's Sugarbush on the last weekend in February or the first weekend in March.
The menu stars are pancakes or waffles topped with strawberries or blueberries, ice cream, whipped cream and pure maple syrup (sausages optional) and a chicken or pork chop dinner (the chicken is, of course, barbecued with maple syrup!).
There's lots to buy and take home, too, including maple cotton candy! You can watch the syrup-making, participate in contests (like the log-sawing, pictured), listen to traditional music and ride in a mule-drawn wagon.
The dates for 2008 are 23 and 24 February plus 1 and 2 March (Saturdays and Sundays) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Remember, that's WINTER in Indiana, so wear warm clothing and sturdy boots!
Leane and Michael's Sugarbush is at 321 North Garrison Hollow Road, Salem, IN 47167. Call 'em -- 812:967-4491 or (toll free) 877:841-8851 -- or send an email. There's more information at their website.