For those that live in New England, the arrival of spring means that the “sap season” is near the end. We’ve embraced this time of year and the tradition of boiling down sap to make maple syrup by celebrating with our annual Maple Barn Breakfast Festival.
This year marked the 4th annual event and was attended by many return customers as well as some new happy faces. We’re pleased to say that the release of our new limited edition Massetts. Maple wine added to the excitement and awakened the taste buds of our wine fans. With only 12 cases left in stock we are sure to make this wine again for next years festival.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have the weather warm up on Saturdays during the festival so that Sweet Sensations can set up their new popcorn machine and serve maple popcorn & cotton candy to our guests before they load up for the Hayride to the Maxfield’s Sugar house to see the sap boil. Local favorites Town Farm Gardens and Janice’s Kitchen have been setting up with their homemade jellies, pickles and baked goods to send the guests home with a treat after a fun filled family day.
The food has been a delicious success with Jonathan flipping just under 3,000 pancakes for the first 3 sold out weekends—a new winery record! Our kitchen assistants have mastered the skill of keeping up with the buffet demands, customer requests and all the dishes! Without them the kitchen would be a wreck, so a big THANK YOU to our girls for all their help.
The comfy couches and warm woodstove in our tasting room have provided the perfect place to relax while sipping and conversing over maple mimosas and bacon bloody marts.
For many visitors this was the perfect way to top of a wonderful day at the winery. Ken Averill of New England wine blog shared his experience at the Maple Breakfast in a recent post:
“We tasted the 6 wines which make up Hardwick’s usual stable of offerings as well as a limited edition maple wine and some wonderful hot mulled wine. The tasting started with Hardwick’s dry white “Giles E. Warner”, next the semi-sweet “Yankee Boy White, our personal favorite and through to their dry red wine, called simply “Hardwick Red.” Hardwick’s wine tasting offers excellent value. For only $6.00 we tasted 8 wines and the price included their complementary glass. Hard to beat.”
We look forward to opening the deck in April to allow have our guests to move outside and enjoy chilled bottles of wine on beautiful sunny days. We are sad to see the month come to an end, but we can’t wait to see what springs up next at the winery.
Jennifer & Jonathan