The annual Maine Maple Producers Association meeting, held this year in Gray, proved to be a sweet triumph for Hilltop Boilers Maple Syrup. With more than 50 producers in attendance, the event showcased the vibrant maple syrup industry in Maine, solidifying the state's position as a leading producer in the U.S. Maine, known for its picturesque landscapes and rich natural resources, has established itself as a prominent player in the maple syrup production scene. Ranking just behind Vermont and New York, the state continues to contribute significantly to the maple syrup industry in the United States.
One of the highlights of the event was the blind tasting competition, adding an element of suspense and fairness to the evaluation process. Samples of maple syrup, presented in identical glass bottles with no labels, were judged purely on their merits, allowing the true essence of each entry to shine through. The contest featured entries in each of the four grades of syrup: Golden Delicate, Amber Rich, Dark Robust, and Very Dark Strong, and categories for maple cream and candy.
Hilltop Boilers Maple Syrup emerged as a standout performer, clinching four FIRST place ribbons and one third place ribbon. The recognition extended to three awards for outstanding syrup, as well as one each for their Maple Cream and Maple Candy. The accolades not only highlight the exceptional quality of Hilltop Boilers' products but also underscore their commitment to excellence across various maple syrup offerings.
In a testament to the future of the industry, Thomas Bryant, a talented 14-year-old, was honored with the Young Sugarmaker's Award. This award recognizes the dedication and passion of young individuals contributing to the maple syrup community, paving the way for the next generation of sugarmakers.
The success of Hilltop Boilers Maple Syrup at the Maine Maple Producers Association annual meeting is a testament to the thriving maple syrup industry in the state. With accolades in multiple categories and the recognition of a young talent, the event not only celebrated past achievements but also looked forward to a sweet future for Maine's maple syrup producers.
In 2024, Hilltop Boilers will celebrate maple season with FOUR event days in March. The sugarhouse, store and entertainment will be available on March 16, March 23 and 24 (Maine Maple Weekend) and March 30. For more information, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and visit our website at www.hilltopboilers.com.