Maple sugaring season is a sweet time to be in St. Johnsbury, the Maple Center of the World. As part of this year’s World Maple Festival, we’ve challenged our local restaurants and food vendors to highlight Vermont maple products on their menus for the month of March.
Visit WorldMapleFestival.org for a full schedule of sweet events and activities all month long, and check out the specials available at the following restaurants and food vendors.
St. Johnsbury Distillery Vermont maple is always on the menu, with three products featuring the sweet stuff: Vermont Vodka is 100% Vermont maple syrup, fermented and distilled four times to create a clear spirit. Dunc’s Maple Rum and Dunc’s Dark Maple Rum are created with Big Buck Maple (802-684-3668, Danville, Vermont) and Butternut Mountain Farms (Morrisville, Vermont) grade A Vermont maple syrup. Sample these at the Distillery Speakeasy in their signature cocktails, and check their Facebook page for updates on special events: www.facebook.com/stjdistillery. Speakeasy hours: Thursday 1- 4pm, Friday 1 – 8pm (food and drink 4 – 8pm), and Saturday noon – 8pm (food and drink 4 – 8pm). Or, call ahead for tastings outside these hours – 802-751-8813.
Central Cafe On their dinner menu just for this month to celebrate sugaring season, enjoy a new maple roasted duck. They’ll also be making a special maple cheesecake each weekend… and of course there are maple lattes with maple syrup from Wardens Meat & Maple (Barnet, Vermont). Follow on Facebook for updates: www.facebook.com/CentralCafestj Open for dine-in or takeout Wednesday through Sunday 8am – 4pm, with dinner service on Fridays & Saturdays from 5 – 8pm.
Whirligig Brewing Look for the maple milk dessert stout made with syrup from Chandler Hill Farm (Peacham, Vermont) to release at the end of the month in bottles, and from the tap when they open back up for taproom service. Check back at whirligigbrewing.square.site/shop for release timing. And, stay tuned for a sugar shack dinner popup with Haven, Hearth & Homestead in early April. Beer-to-go pickup hours on Fridays 4 – 8pm and Saturdays 11am – 6pm. Taproom hours TBA.
Kingdom Table Browse menu items featuring their exceptional maple-habanero bacon, like the Downstream Burger and Table Nachos, and wash it down with a cocktail featuring syrup from Happy Hill Maple Farms (Lyndonville, Vermont), like the Nor’Easter or the Maple Old Fashioned. Call 802-424-1455 for dine-in reservations, or order takeout to enjoy at home. Menu link: www.toasttab.com/kingdom-taproom-table Open for dine-in or takeout Thursday through Monday from 4 – 8pm.
The Kitchen Counter Cafe Specials for the month of March include a waffle with Vermont maple syrup and choice of bacon or sausage, and a maple, bacon, cheddar burger served with fries. Plus, the usual delicious breakfast items topped with local syrup from Mooreland Farm (Peacham, Vermont). Call ahead for takeout: (802) 424-1629. Open for dine-in or takeout Thursday through Tuesday 8am – 3pm (closed Wednesdays).
Anthony’s Diner has all of the classic diner breakfast items that you can dream of, designed to be slathered in syrup from local producer Goodwin Family Maple (St. Johnsbury, Vermont). Make sure to save room for their signature Vermont maple walnut pie. Open daily from 7am – 8pm
Cosmic Cup Cafe is your stop for maple lattes and killer maple cinnamon buns (pictured in the header – yum!) Learn more: www.facebook.com/CosmicCupCafe. Open for dine-in or takeout Monday through Friday, 7am – 4pm, and Saturday, 8am – 2pm.
Natural Provisions will be featuring maple walnut fudge and Spicy Maple Tofu (Vermont maple syrup, tofu, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, red pepper flakes, and cornstarch) on their deli menu all month, along with the exceptional local maple vendors on sale in the market. Call ahead to pre-order: (802) 748-3587. Open for takeout, Monday through Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.
Locally Social can add real maple from the local Bennett Family Farm Stand to make any beverage a celebration of the season. Oh, and have you tried their maple pecan croissants? Open weekdays 6:30am – 4pm and weekends 6:30am – 1pm.
Kingdom Crust Co. has year-round pies that feature Vermont maple syrup, like the signature Mista’ Mann. Order pickup or locally delivery at kingdomcrustco.com or call (802) 424-2328. Open 11am – 8pm daily.
Salt Bistro is featuring so many sweet things on their menu this month, with cocktails like maple walnut mudslides and maple cream martinis featuring St. Johnsbury Distillery’s maple rum. A meal of maple-glazed salmon and Brussel sprouts can be finished with a maple creme brulee. Call 802-424-1690 for reservations, or to order take-out. Online reservations are also accepted via: www.saltvt.com Open for dine-in or takeout Tuesday through Saturday from 4 – 8pm.
St. Johnsbury Winter Farmers Market: Winter market vendors featuring items that use Vermont maple include maple kettle corn at Kingdom Kettle Corn; maple baked goods at Twin Pine Farm; and, maple syrups and candies at Warden Meat & Maple. See a full list of vendors and pre-order instructions at www.caledoniafarmersmarket.com/winter-market-2020 Order by Thursday evening for pickup on the first and third Saturdays of the month: March 6th and March 20th between noon – 1pm.
… and don’t forget other delicious dining options around town:
Cantina Di Gerardo Open for takeout only, call (802) 473-8131.
Eastern & Main Deli Open for takeout, 7am – 8pm daily, call (802) 751-1171.