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NHB’s Maple Ale is a light, crisp golden ale with a subtle maple finish. It’s named after the Beach House property where the wood-fired sap is tapped and boiled down. Beach House will be available, weather-dependent, in early April. Keep an eye and drink up!

Northumberland Hills Brewery
1024 Division St. Cobourg

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In classic Florian style, Cioccolatierre Darren Johns brings his innovative design and pure ingredients to his Sugar Bush truffle, and they are oh so good. He takes his coffee game seriously, as well. I would suggest asking for a Maple Chocolate Bomb to go with your Canadiano. Life-altering.

Mercury Chocolates
24 John Street, Port Hope

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LOOKING FOR A SUGAR BUSH? Pancake House on-site! Head out on the right day and you can take part in a guided bush tour, a horse-drawn sleigh ride or make taffy if the snow is flying.

Sandy Flat Sugar Bush
500 Concession Rd. 3 W., Warkworth

The Curle family has been producing maple syrup on their land since the 1860s. Open year-round, visitors can head out on a self-guided tour of the bush, browse through their 100% farm maple retail shop, or learn about their 150-year history in the one-of-a-kind Maple Museum.

Curle’s Maple Products and Museum
726 8th Line West, Campbellford

The Vader family has been tapping maple trees on the south shore of picturesque East Lake near the Sandbanks Provincial park. Stop by in the heart of the season (March to mid-April) to check out their retail shop located in the Sap House. Along with their syrup, Vader's specializes in Maple Butter, Sugar and Maple Jelly which goes brilliantly with a Sprucewood cookie.

Vader’s Maple Syrup
1260 Cty. Rd. 18, Cherry Valley

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Tim learned how to make ice cream at the world famous Ice Cream Course at Penn State University and brought his expertise back to Quinte West. We couldn't be more thankful! Created with local ingredients, the succulent Maple Pecan ice cream is sourced from Vader’s Maple Syrup and Fosterholm Farms in the County.

Nice Ice Baby Ice Cream Café
26 Victoria Avenue, Belleville
305 Main Street, Wellington

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The folks at Dooher’s Bakery pump out 27,000 doughnuts a year, using their own recipes to create absolutely mouth-watering treats. Just ask anyone around here where to find the best doughnuts. They’ll tell you emphatically, “Go to Dooher’s”. Try the Maple Dip – made with local maple syrup, this bad boy is best consumed fresh out of the fryer. Did we mention it is topped with bacon? Drool emoji.

Dooher’s Bakery
61 Bridge St., Campbellford

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The spirited bunch down at the Drake Devonshire know how to make a mean maple Old Fashioned. Check out their recipe on our Facebook page or stop by at the bar for a spirited taste of the season.

The Drake Devonshire
24 Wharf Street, Wellington

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New owners, same great spirits. 66 Gilead is Prince Edward County’s only distillery and they’re doing what they can to hold true to the spirit of distilling. Using local ingredients wherever possible, the “Du Bois Maple Set” offers whisky aged in maple barrels, and maple syrup aged in whisky barrels. Time for a cocktail!

Kinsip House of Spirits
66 Gilead Road, Bloomfield

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