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!
The syrup is served on biscuits at the event, letting you sample a taste of that old-time goodness. The remainder of the syrup is used in the education programs during the rest of the year.
Morningside Nature Center Cane Boil and FiddleFest is more than just a chance to taste cane syrup. Other demonstrations include corn grinding and quilting. There is also old-fashioned versions of funnel cakes and kettle corn. There are also horse-drawn wagon rides and living history interpreters that will bring the 1870’s to life for you.
And don’t forget FiddleFest!
Live roots music will keep you entertained during the event plus the Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest. This annual contest sees musicians 18-years-old and younger vying for top honors and draws big crowds. Don’t miss it!
Morningside Nature Center Cane Boil and FiddleFest
Saturday, November 26, 10am to 4pm
Morningside Nature Center
3540 E University Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32641
Be sure to visit the event Facebook page for more information and directions.
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