Tap into Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s 8th annual Maple Sugar Festival

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is hosting its 8th annual Maple Sugar Festival at its new Maple Sugar House and Farmhouse on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10.

This year’s event features favorite activities, from interactive demos of maple trees being tapped for sugar and transformed into syrup for tasting, to family fun activities including arts and craft-making, maple-inspired food sampling, live music, and as always, interaction with the site’s many live animals.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center said in a news release it is one of only two official maple sugar producers in Fairfield County, and it taps more than 200 mature maple trees on its property.

Highlights of the weekend include: Saturday: First County Bank Teen Chef Challenge: Sample an array of original maple sugar-inspired treats prepared by talented aspiring chefs in the Farmhouse — and vote for your favorite.

Sunday: Farmhouse Pancake Brunch takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for stacks of hot-off-the-griddle pancakes drizzled with warm “maple gold.” Advance ticket purchase recommended.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $12, $6 members. Sunday brunch add $6. 203-322-1646.