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The Largest Maple Trade Show in MN History Takes Place in Duluth

Hundreds of people from the United States and Canada attended the ‘Celebrating Superior Sweetness’ maple trade show, making it the largest maple trade show in Minnesota history. Hundreds of people from the United States and Canada attended the ‘Celebrating Superior Sweetness’ maple trade show, making it the largest maple trade show in Minnesota history. |  Photo: WDIO

Emily Ness
Created: October 23, 2019 12:27 PM

The production of maple syrup is an art that requires knowledge and technique. Just how much knowledge and technique is being showcased at the ‘International Maple Syrup Convention,’ which is being held in Duluth for the first time in nearly two decades.

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“The experience in Duluth—people from all over Canada and the U.S. are just enthused with the city. They had no idea what the town was all about,” Stu Peterson, Convention Planning Committee Co-chair and Sugar Maker said.

This year’s convention called ‘Celebrating Superior Sweetness’ is the largest maple trade show in Minnesota history.

“We started planning this event in 2013,” Peterson said. “The folks at Visit Duluth and the people at the DECC—they have really been good. That’s why we’re here."

During the four day convention, leaders and producers in the maple syrup industry will be learning about new and emerging technology and discussing industry best practices.

“There are all kinds of suppliers for the maple industry,” Peterson said. “It’s the evaporators, it’s the holding tanks and the tubing and all the tools that go into it and people that sell the containers and the labels, just about everything.”

Peterson emphasized that getting the perfect flavor of syrup is a work in progress that is unique and labor intensive.

“There are strange things that can happen to syrup if the sap gets too old before it’s processed, if the equipment isn’t clean,” Peterson said. “We’re just forever promoting best practices, so that’s a big part of the training that goes on here.”

The event included a total of 200-300 people so far and will continue through Thursday.

“People are so impressed by the view and the venue and the hotel,” Peterson said.

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