The University of Washington, Washington State University, Oregon State University, and the Washington Farm Forestry Association conducted the first annual Pacific Northwest Bigleaf Maple Syrup Conference at the University of Washington’s Pack Forest Field Research Station in Eatonville, Washington on May 12-14, 2022.
A playlist of all the talks given at the conference is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmbpW1A_Xg0&list=PLRE8R7B7fE-BhYunOmIEL8....
Videos of the individual sessions are available there or you can watch them in players below on this page.
Conference sessions recordings
Fireside Chat featuring Neil McLeod, Mike Farrell, and Bryan Reed Moderated by Greg Ettl
Review of research at University of Washington
Review of research at Oregon State University
Review of research at Washington State University
UW Bigleaf Maple syrup project 2021
Economics of bigleaf maple sugaring – Mike Farrell, Su Alexander, Eliza Nelson
Food safety – Stephanie Smith, WSU’s Consumer Food Safety Specialist
Buying and selling sap – Mike Farrell
UW Maple syrup story 2022
Market Development & Vision for the Future – Neil McLeod and Devin Day
Summary of the day’s proceedings and discussions – Rebecca McLain
Bigleaf Maple – Beyond Pancakes, Devin Day shares feedback for Seattle chefs on using bigleaf maple syrup in cooking and cocktails
The Bigleaf Maple Festival
Learning all about bigleaf maple sugaring in the Pacific Northwest:
- Identifying bigleaf maple
- Growing bigleaf maple
- Tapping demonstration
- Collection demonstration
- Evaporator/processing demonstration
- Tour of Pack Forest sugar shack
- Maple products demonstration
- Taste Testing: Taste testing of seven syrups, including five local bigleaf maple syrups.
- Equipment Display: Displays of materials, supplies, and equipment.
A glimpse of the festival activities:
This conference and festival was made possible through funding by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS), Acer Access and Development and Program.