Stamford Museum & Nature Center Hosts Maple Syrup Weekend

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Marissa Young, of Stamford, is an eighth-grader at Rippowam Middle School.
Marissa Young, of Stamford, is an eighth-grader at Rippowam Middle School. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Stamford Museum and Nature Center will close out it's Billion Bricks Lego exhibit this weekend.
The Stamford Museum and Nature Center will close out it's Billion Bricks Lego exhibit this weekend. Photo Credit: stamfordmuseum.org
Hunter Zampa, of Stamford, 13, is hoping to show off his cooking skills to the world and to one day become an Iron Chef.
Hunter Zampa, of Stamford, 13, is hoping to show off his cooking skills to the world and to one day become an Iron Chef. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Stamford Museum & Nature Center will host a series of events ranging from a teen chefs challenge to a pancake breakfast during the first weekend of March. 

Local teen chefs will face off in a competition to see who can make the best tasting dishes using maple syrup on Saturday, March 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Click here to register.  

In addition to the competition, the Maple Syrup Festival at the museum and nature center will include face painting, scavenger hunts and maple syrup demonstrations.

Sunday will mark the end of the Maple Syrup Festival but will feature a pancake brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an additional $5. Click here to register for Sunday events

This weekend will also be the final days for the SM&NC's "A Billion Bricks: Lego T-Rex, Turtles & Trains!" exhibit. 

The four chefs competing at the Maple Sugar Festival Weekend are Hannah Buzkin of Westport, Evan Cassidy of Northford, Marissa Young of Stamford and Hunter Zampa of Stamford. The teens will present their creations for the public to sample. The public will vote for their favorite creation.

“The First County Bank Chefs Challenge has truly become a tradition since its inception in 2010 and a highlight during the Maple Sugar Festival Weekend,” said Karen Kelly, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at First County Bank. “This year we’re excited to switch it up a bit and invite a talented group of teen chefs to participate in the cooking challenge.

"Using maple syrup, they will prepare an eclectic mix of dishes for the public to taste and judge. It’s great to provide a venue to showcase local kids’ talents and help them further hone their skills. This is quite a unique event for our community. We appreciate their contribution and look forward to a weekend full of great food, fun, learning and old fashioned New England traditions.”

To learn more, log on to stamfordmuseum.org. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road.

To learn more about the contest, check out this story on the Daily Voice. 

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