Maple sugar, local music and great food on the menu for the 39th Vanier Sugar Festival!

OTTAWA, February 26, 2024 – The Vanier Museopark today announced that the 39th edition of the
Sugar Festival will run from March 18 to 24, 2024 at Richelieu Park (300 Des Pères-Blancs Ave.) in
Ottawa. As the flagship event of the Museopark public program, the Sugar Festival celebrates the
maple sugar season’s traditions while giving visitors the chance to reconnect with or learn about the
artisanal craft of maple syrup production.

Help us keep the Festival free for everyone!

“The Sugar Festival is a community event, and the Vanier Museopark relies on grants from every
government level,” indicated Ms. Meilleur. “It is our fervent wish to keep offering our friends in Vanier,
Ottawa and surrounding areas, as well as tourists, an inclusive Festival, to which access and the
countless children’s activities are free for everyone. Inflation and the pandemic have driven costs up
everywhere, and the Festival is no exception. That is why we keep looking for new ways for the
community to contribute because, with its help, we will be able to keep access to the Vanier Sugar
Festival free.”

This year, the Museopark is innovating and giving festival goers the opportunity to show their loyalty in
style: toques with the Sugar Festival logo are already being sold through the Museopark website. They
come with or without pompoms, and cost $40 (tax included).

Get your toque here:

There are two other fundraising campaigns for the Sugar Festival:

1. Soup(e) Splash (a culinary competition involving the creation of a soup whose main ingredient is maple syrup)

2. The traditional maple sugar meals. All profits from ticket sales go towards funding the Festival’s numerous activities.
Vanier Sugar Festival program overview (#fds2024)

The Sugar Festival is a culinary and cultural event for kids and adults encompassing different activities
offering something for everyone: traditional sugar shack meals, musical performances by local artists, a
petting zoo, lumberjack contests, inflatable structures, a space dedicated to First Nations Peoples, and
much more. It is also an opportunity to enjoy some delicious maple taffy!

Some of the activities you will find this year:

Monday, March 18, 2024, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.: 17th edition of Soup(e) Splash, a friendly culinary
competition where Ottawa’s best kitchens face off to create a soup where the main ingredient is maple
syrup. So far, Coconut Lagoon, Le St-Laurent, Fraser Café, Prova Bar & Kitchen, Chef Phil Cameron
Fine Dining Experience and Play food + wine, last year’s panel’s favourite, have confirmed their
participation in this gastronomic fundraiser!

• LOCATION: Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, Kiwanis Hall (300 Des Pères-Blancs Ave.)
• Tickets ($40) are available at

Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 21, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: School days.
Schools from across the greater Ottawa area are invited to take part in several fun activities that help
children discover the different sugar shack traditions through six stations, and to attend a unique
musical performance. All spots are already taken.

Friday, March 22, 2024, starting at 5 p.m.: Dinner and dancing to olden days sounds! On the heels
of the resounding success of last year’s Festival’s Soirée canadienne, Louis Racine et les Pourquoi Pas
will be back at the Centre Pauline-Charron for an evening of dancing featuring traditional music and
square dancing.
• LOCATION: Centre Pauline-Charron (164 Jeanne-Mance St.)
• Cost: $15 per person. All profits go to the Centre Pauline-Charron.
• Get your tickets online through the Centre Pauline-Charron:

Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Families and
everyone. Join in the festivities all weekend-long, and enjoy the artisan craft of maple syrup production
at its best! Activities for families and friends to enjoy together.

Sunday, March 24, from 9 to 11 a.m.: 5 km race, open to everyone. Rideau-Vanier councillor
Stéphanie Plante, will join in the Festival’s activities, and invite people to run or walk through the streets
of Vanier and the Beechwood cemetery. Profits go to the Vanier Museopark.

*The Vanier Museopark is proud to team up this year, once again, with the Ottawa Music Industry
Coalition (OMIC) for the 2024 Sugar Festival’s musical programming. “The Ottawa Music Industry
Coalition is very excited to once again team up with the Vanier Museopark to animate the 39th edition of
the Sugar Festival,” announced OMIC Executive Director Melanie Brulée

The Vanier Museopark points out that the 2024 Sugar Festival owes its existence to its partners’
generous financial contributions. It is deeply grateful to the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council, the
Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario,
the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition and Collège La Cité.

Come sweeten your palate with us at the 2024 Sugar Festival! Visit the Vanier Museopark website for
the latest information or to volunteer!