Bringing Waterloo pride to the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

Woman cooking chickenDespite the cold weather, a group of University of Waterloo students travelled to Elmira in search of a delicious Canadian treat this past weekend at the annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival on April 2, 2016. Bringing Waterloo pride to the festival for the last six years, this year’s attending students were taken on their adventure by the Federation of Students' service, International and Canadian Student Network (ICSN).

“It's a great event for students because, first of all, there's lots of food! Pancakes, funnel cakes, large turkey drumsticks, schnitzels, and other street food options,” said ICSN volunteer Alicia Nguyen. “This is also an opportunity to de-stress with exams right around the corner. For the international students, it's a one-of-a-kind chance to learn about how maple syrup, which is iconic in Canadian culture, is made.”

Providing undergraduates with a bus ride to and from the festival, ICSN aims to create opportunities for both local and international students to get together and have fun not just on campus, but also throughout Waterloo region, building stronger student connections in our community. In an effort to increase the level of engagement for this outing, the service coordinators and volunteers collaborated with attendees to participate in the popular pancake flipping challenge.

Students flipping pancakes

“The group made it to the second round,” said Alicia, who is also a third-year international development major. “It was like a relay race in where each person needed to flip the pancake using different tools such as a flipper, a spatula, a plate and even a tennis racket! Whoever transferred the most pancakes into the large plate, won!”

For Alicia, the most memorable part of the day was getting to saw a log the old-fashioned way.

“I got to take the piece home with me,” she said. “You could also get the piece of log printed with the maple leaf on it!”

By offering our students a well-rounded and vibrant life experience beyond Ring Road, the University of Waterloo and its Federation of Students continue to enhance the makeup of our community.

For anyone who missed this year's maple syrup festival trip with ICSN, please visit to stay in the loop with ongoing student events.

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