Looking for a little comfort food with a side of maple? It’s a sure sign of spring in Oxford County when you get to sample some of the best maple inspired dishes from local restaurants and maple farms. During the month of March enjoy decadent maple treats including a maple apple coffee cake and maple butter tarts at Dee-lights Bakery in downtown Woodstock. Both are made with Howard’s Maple Syrup. While at Dee-Lights, be sure to grab lunch to go including one of their daily soups, paninis or salads. The bakery has grown over the years to include great shopping for giftware . Don’t miss their great selection of table decor for any occasion. For more information about Dee-Lights, follow them on Facebook
Daily Maple Entree? Yes, please. Every day Chef Michael Davies will be concocting a new maple entrée to please diners at the Elmhurst Inn mansion restaurant. Call ahead to find out what the day’s special is or if you’re looking for a beautiful Sunday brunch option, their extensive brunch includes waffles and crepes which you can drizzle with Jakeman’s Maple syrup. For their Cajun Salmon with sweet potato flapjacks recipe in the image here, visit their blog. For more information about dining at the Elm Hurst Inn, visit their website.
Lunchtime maple treats. If you’re out and about in Ingersoll, stop into the Olde Bakery Café for a maple-inspired treat or two. Known for their scratch soups and hearty sandwiches – the café will be serving up a special maple menu for the Month of March. Try the maple apple butter fruit and nut wrap or Oxford Maple Club Panini. The panini features raisin bread brushed with local maple syrup and stuffed with chicken breast, bacon, crisp apple and Gourmet Village maple mustard. Finish your meal off with a maple latte (dusted with Jakeman’s maple sugar) and a decadent maple cupcake, a special concoction made by owner and baker Sue Reintjes. Visit the Olde Bakery Café online or follow them on Facebook
Pancake Breakfasts. Of course March isn’t complete without a visit to a local maple farm where you can have pancakes, sausage, beans, and of course maple syrup. Work up an appetite enjoying activities on site such as wagon rides and a walk through the sugar bush. With two local pancake houses to choose from we have written a blog about each: 4-H Pancake House at Jakeman’s & McCully’s Hill Farm Maple Syrup Festival.
Quehl’s Restaurant is going from tap to table collecting and making their own maple syrup. In March you will find the Larsen family in the sugar bush collecting sap. After they transform it into syrup it becomes a special ingredient in the restaurant. You can sample their syrup on a variety of dishes from classic pancakes to an assortment of maple specials during the month of March. Follow their Facebook page for pictures of the process to the mouth watering maple menu items they are concocting through out March.
Feast On with maple at Six Thirty Nine Woodstock’s casual fine dining Feast ON restaurant, SixThirtyNine is known for their commitment to using local ingredients and they too are offering a special maple feature on their prix fix menu. Indulge in a maple roasted squash soup, a walnut crusted Oxford harvest cheese with maple candied walnuts, poached apples, arugula and maple vidal reduction; maple-smoked bison striploin and a maple cake with brown butter maple icing for dessert. This menu is a true testament to springtime in Oxford County. Check out the full maple-inspired menu that is sure to leave you drooling, on SixThirtyNine’s Facebook page.
March 2015: Tourism Oxford has partnered with 104.7 Heart FM. Visit the Maple in March contest page for a chance to win a maple prize pack. A different contest and prize every week. Also visit our Pinterest Board for fun activities to do this march, and throughout the year.