Maple sugaring season is a sweet time to be in St. Johnsbury, the Maple Center of the World. As part of this year's World Maple Festival, we've challenged our local restaurants and food vendors to highlight Vermont maple products on their menus for the month of March.
Visit WorldMapleFestival.org for a full schedule of sweet events and activities all month long, and check out the specials available at the following restaurants and food vendors throughout town.
St. Johnsbury Distillery - Vermont maple is always on the menu, with three products featuring the sweet stuff created with Big Buck Maple (802-684-3668, Danville, Vermont) grade A Vermont maple syrup: Vermont Vodka is 100% Vermont maple syrup, fermented and distilled four times to create a clear spirit, and Dunc's Maple Rum and Dunc's Dark Maple Rum present slightly different profiles. Sample these at the Distillery Speakeasy in their signature cocktails, and check their Facebook page for updates on special events: www.facebook.com/stjdistillery. Speakeasy hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 4pm - 8pm. Or, call ahead for tastings outside these hours - 802-751-8813.
Boxcar & Caboose makes their maple lattes with syrup from local producer Goodwin Family Maple (St. Johnsbury, Vermont). And, as part of World Maple Festival, don't miss special Eddie's Bakery Maple Donut Popups each Saturday in March, 9am - noon! Pro tip: get there early before the maple bacon donuts sell out. Follow on Facebook for updates: www.facebook.com Open daily: Monday through Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 3pm.
At Kingdom Taproom, browse menu items featuring their exceptional maple-habanero bacon, like the Downstreet Burger and Table Nachos, and wash it down with a cocktail featuring syrup from Happy Hill Maple Farms (Lyndonville, Vermont), like the Nor'Easter or the Maple Old Fashioned. Open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 - 8pm and Friday through Saturday 4 - 10pm. Call (802) 424-1455 for dine-in reservations, or order takeout to enjoy at home via: kingdomtaproom.com
The Kitchen Counter Cafe is featuring a maple, bacon, cheddar burger served with fries on the menu all month long. Plus, don't forget the usual delicious breakfast items topped with local syrup from Mooreland Farm (Peacham, Vermont). Open Thursday through Tuesday 8am - 3pm (closed Wednesdays). Call ahead for takeout (802) 424-1629.
Whirligig Brewing will release a Maple Stout the weekend of March 31st made with syrup from Chandler Hill Farm (Peacham, Vermont) and utilizing a barrel used to age St. Johnsbury Distillery's Maple Rum. Follow on Facebook for release timing. Taproom hours: Wednesday 11am - 3pm, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays 11am - 7pm.
Boule - St. Johnsbury's newest bakery is bringing a collaborative item to their menu for the month, with maple bourbon eclairs using St. Johnsbury Distillery Maple Rum. Plus, they can add maple to any espresso drink you like. Open Wednesday through Sunday 7am - 5pm.
Anthony's Diner has all of the classic diner breakfast items that you can dream of, designed to be slathered in syrup from local producer Goodwin Family Maple (St. Johnsbury, Vermont). Make sure to save room for their signature Vermont maple walnut pie. Open daily from 7am - 8pm. Call ahead for takeout (802) 748-3613.
Natural Provisions will be featuring multiple maple products in their deli section all month, including Maple Caramelized Kale Salad, Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts, Maple Sugar Cookies, and Maple Granola Bars. All of the delicious maple used for these goodies is supplied by Windrift Tree Farm (St. Johnsbury, Vermont), whose products are also for sale in the market. Open Monday through Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm.
Sweet Seasons Farm & Artisan Confections has delicious year-round maple treats, with some particularly featured this season, including, Maple Caramel Truffles, Maple Thin Snap Toffee, Salted Maple Peanut Patties, and St. Johnsbury Distillery Maple Rum Chocolate Truffles. This time of year, please order in advance for pickup either online, or by calling the store: (802) 274-2365.
Locally Social can add real maple from the local Bennett Family Farm Stand to make any beverage a celebration of the season. Oh, and have you tried their maple pecan croissants? Open weekdays 6:30am - 4pm and Saturday 6:30am - 1pm.
St. Johnsbury Winter Farmers Market - Winter market vendors featuring items that use Vermont maple include maple kettle corn at Kingdom Kettle Corn; maple baked goods at Twin Pine Farm; and, maple syrups and candies at Warden Meat & Maple. The Winter Farmers Market takes place 10am - 1pm on the first and third Saturdays of the month at the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center.
Central Cafe has maple lattes with maple syrup from Wardens Meat & Maple (Barnet, Vermont). Open Tuesday through Friday 8am - 5pm, and Saturday through Sunday 9am- 3pm.
Kingdom Crust Co. has year-round pies that feature Vermont maple syrup, like the signature Mista' Mann. Open Monday 11am - 8pm, Tuesday through Thursday 11am - 9pm, and Friday and Saturday 11am - 10pm. Order pickup or locally delivery at kingdomcrustco.com or call (802) 424-2328.
Salt Bistro is featuring so many sweet things on their menu this month, with cocktails meals, and desserts. Call 802-424-1690 for reservations, or to order take-out. Online reservations are also accepted via: www.saltvt.com Open for dine-in or takeout Tuesday through Saturday from 4 - 8pm.