Iron Maple Festival April 16-18 2021

Tapping Into Our Maple Syrup Identity

Best Entrée: Whitecap Mountains Resort   

Best Drink: Luoma’s Saxon Pub 


Burgers Bar & Grill     Sharon’s Coffee Company

  Iron Nugget Restaurant      Beaver’s Resort

The celebration of all things maple returns to Iron County!

The primary celebration of this festival is a competition among Iron County restaurants and bars for best maple-inspired entrée and drink. Customers take-out or dine-in and VOTE!  We also celebrate maple with art, music and education, and such festivities will return again in full force in 2022.

This event is hosted in collaboration with the Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce and the Iron County Economic Development Zone.  Thank you to local partners, including Bob Rowe, Superior Impressions 715 and the Mercer Public Library.

Iron Maple Festival 2021 Facebook Event

Shout-outs to the Iron County Miner (April 29), the Daily Globe (April 30) and the 2021 Iron Maple Festival participants and competitors!  Click the images to read.

Here are the 2021 Iron Maple Festival Recipe Competitors!

Huge thank you to our Iron County artists who have graciously donated maple-inspired works of art to promote our collective awesome and raise funds to make next year’s festival and youth art programs all the better!  During the Iron Maple Festival 2021 weekend, several pieces were posted individually in the Iron Maple Festival 2021 Facebook event for folks to bid in the comments section, starting noon on Friday, April 16 and ending at noon on Sunday, April 18.

It’s been an early and wet spring, but rainy days make for good YouTube watching.  Click the links below to enjoy some Extension maple syrup videos!

Yooper Forestry videos

How to Increase Profits Making Maple Syrup video


Exciting press coverage in the Daily Globe!  Did they mention the possibility of an art action??

While conducting “field research” at the 10th Annual Phelps Maple Syrup Festival, Community Development Educator Amy Nosal came across an article on syrup sustainability in the latest edition of The Border Bulletin.  Let’s be good stewards of the land to keep the sap and celebrations flowing!  Click on the picture to read the article.

To celebrate Iron Maple Festival 2021, Community Development Educator Amy Nosal created the “Spirit of Maple” tree. It starts with an acknowledgement of those who sugared first and offers folks who visit a chance to write how they connect. “For me,” Nosal says, “I love sitting under the shade of a maple tree, watching the fall colors come in and being a bit of a maple syrup snob – once you go for the real stuff, how can you go back!?” The Spirit of Maple is on display at the Mercer Public Library now through the end of the festival.

Huge thanks to Bob Rowe who’s supplying the syrup for the recipe competition!



The Hurley Chamber hosts pop-up shops with local artists and crafters, like Superior Impressions 715, who will have a few maple pieces – and much more on Saturday, April 17 from 10am-1pm at Sharon’s Coffee Company.

Iron Maple Festival 2021 celebrates our identity, as it is shaped by the land and defined by our imaginations. Done well, the forests and waters continue to provide and our creative expressions spur pride and wealth.  Photo by Extension Iron County Office Manager Rebecca Holm.



The Daily Globe wrote a great article on the Hurley School District’s maple syrup program with our friends at Hurley Northwoods Manufacturing and Michigan State University Forestry Innovation Center. There’s a little mention of Iron Maple Festival 2021 too, click the pictures to read!

The celebrations organized for 2020 were delayed like many events, but are making a comeback in 2021 and 2022!

The inaugural maple syrup cocktail and recipe competition was held in 2019 among 5 northern Iron County establishments.  CLICK HERE to see how it went!


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