Step back in time to a simpler era when friends and neighbors gathered together to tackle a big job and make a festival of it! The annual Morningside Nature Center Cane Boil and FiddleFest is just that: a trip back to the 1870’s.
In those days, everyone who could grew sugar cane. Come fall, they’d harvest the stalks, squeeze out the juice, then boil the juice down into a sweet syrup. Grinding and boiling the cane down was a long and hard task but the resulting syrup was often the only source of sugar they had.
Cane boils were more than just a lot of hard work, however. Sharing the labor meant less work for everyone. Consequently, cane boils were also a time to come together. Folks would gather to exchange news, gossip, and celebrate community as they worked.
The annual Morningside Nature Center Cane Boil and FiddleFest is a chance to experience these otherwise forgotten traditions.
Cane is fed into a mule-powered press to extract the juice, which is then boiled for up to six hours during the event. Watch as 60 gallons of juice are boiled down to a mere six gallons of syrup. Then it’s your chance to taste it!
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