Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Interview with Sam McLean (Part Four)

Sam & Janet McLean
McLean Berry Farm and Buckhorn Maple Syrup Festival
Farm Owners/Entrepreneurs

In The Thick Of It! The shack, where Sam can be found, smells fabulous, but the pans are very hot, so take care! Don’t miss out on the Syrup and Sugar Demonstrations and Maple baking. Toffee on Snow is a great favourite for both young and old. "If fresh snow is available" says Sam, "we can make this treat." According to Sam, there is so much to see and do for the Kids, including a Giant Straw pile, Snow Canon (if snow), 'Kids Corral', tree tapping, kids activities at the fire. Sam is quick to point out, "It's a family affair at McLean's Sugar Bush - so bring everyone (except fido … sorry … please and thank you!)." "McLean's Sugar Bush is an essential part of our working farm. We tap about 1300 trees and collect all of our sap by hand, about 15,000 gallons by the time the season is finished. It is said you can't make syrup without mud and when you drive over the ground with machinery as the frost is coming out - it does get muddy. My suggestion is to bring along a pair of boots." And from my personal past experience, bring along a dry warm pair of socks too! "McLean's Farm Market will be open serving hot drinks Maple Syrup, Maple Baking, Maple Sugar, Maple Butter, Fudge, Maple Popcorn, Hot Chili and fresh bread, Hot Apple Cider. The wood stove is on. You'll be able to dine in the open air or eat your pancakes in the comfort of our Market while tapping your foot to live music." I then asked Sam was what he enjoyed about the festival. He told me that "he enjoys meeting and talking with people, listening to the great live music and entertainment, the horses, and the smells!" However, what Sam enjoys most, are the children! The McLean’s focus their event on the children and try to ensure that they have a wonderful time at the sugar bush! Sam says, as THE INSIDE SCOOP has found out, "that the best part is when the kids leave crying because they have had such an amazing time that they don’t want to leave!" Perhaps not so much fun for the parents and adults, but, as Sam says, "he knows that it worked, that all of his efforts were worth it!"

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