Join the fun!

There are events for the whole family to enjoy throughout the weekend. From beekeeping seminars to mead tastings, to kids activities and wax rendering, there is a lot to see.

 
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FESTIVAL HOURS
Saturday 9am - 5pm | Sunday 10am - 4pm


Things to Do & See

Honey Harvesting Demonstrations

Join local beekeepers in harvesting honey! Watch as a frame of honey is pulled from the honey super and uncapped, revealing the delicious golden honey inside each cell. Try your hand at spinning the extractor, which will spin the honey out of the frames. You'll see the flow of honey move through the mesh filter into the bucket, and then go directly into the jar! This is truly "raw honey" at its finest!

Beeswax Rendering & Candle-Making

What do we do with all of that beeswax that is left over after harvesting the honey? Tons of cool stuff! Stop by the wax rendering booth and watch the process.

Come see Hahn’s Honeybee Haven at work!

Kids’ Fun Area

We always have activities for the kids! Come on out and take your picture in a bee costume, dress up like a beekeeper, help us paint a hive, and so much more!

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Things to Taste

Mead and Honey Beer Brewers

One of the most popular parts of last year's event was the mead and honey brewed beer tasting area. We're looking forward to welcoming our local mead makers and brewers back to the festival!

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Honey Tasting

The best part of a honey festival is, of course, the honey! In addition to tasting the honey that is being extracted during the festival, you'll get to taste and vote on all of the entries in our Honey Taste Contest! We think you'll be surprised by the great variety in taste and color among the entries.


Things to Learn

We want to share our passion for bees with everyone! We have organized a line-up of speakers for the weekend that we are excited about. From learning about the intricate society of honeybees in nature to the health benefits of honey, to how to garden to support our pollinators, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Best part? All of these classes are offered for FREE during the honey harvest weekend!

Saturday, September 28th

10:00 am: “Beekeeping 101” with Erin Holko
Have you ever thought it might be fun to keep bees? If you’re reading this, then the answer is probably yes. And it IS fun to keep bees! Join Erin for a informal talk about getting into beekeeping as a hobby. She’ll cover the most frequently asked questions and prepare you for what you’re getting yourself into. Bonus: If you decide to commit to purchasing bees for next spring, you’ll get a discount this weekend!

11:00 am: “Starting a Beekeeping Business” with Dave Bennett
Dave Bennett is a relatively new beekeeper who will share his experiences in getting his apiary up and running on a budget. He was able to set up a creative campaign to help raise funds and get people excited about the venture. He has great advice on getting started in your own beekeeping adventure, and has ideas that will be inspiring to both new and seasoned beekeepers.

1:00 pm: “The Nature of Honeybees” with Dan Masterson
Dan knows lots of cool stuff about bees. In many of our classes we focus on the more practical side of beekeeping, but in this one Dan will share all sorts of information about how honeybees live in nature. Their complex and well-ordered societies have been studied for many years and we are still learning more about how they live. While this information is fascinating on it’s own, there are many lessons that beekeepers can take away from looking at bees in their natural habitat.

2:00 pm: “Gardening for the Caterpillars” with Dave O’Donnell, Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm
Join local butterfly expert Dave O’Donnell as he discusses different plants that our important butterfly species need for their survival. He’ll cover not just nectar plants that the adults are attracted to, but also plants that are beneficial to the larvae of a variety of butterfly species. Don’t miss this opportunity if you want to create the best butterfly garden possible!

3:00 pm: “Making Mead” with Lilly Belle Meads
We’re lucky to have our friends from Lilly Belle back at the festival this year, and even luckier that they have offered to share some of their mead making knowledge with all of us! Learn about the long and fascinating history of this tasty beverage as well as practical information about how it is made. Don’t miss your opportunity to sample some of Lilly Belle’s awesome meads at their booth, and take some home to keep you warm this fall.

Sunday, September 29th

10:00 am: “Beekeeping 101” with Erin Holko
Have you ever thought it might be fun to keep bees? If you’re reading this, then the answer is probably yes. And it IS fun to keep bees! Join Erin for a informal talk about getting into beekeeping as a hobby. She’ll cover the most frequently asked questions and prepare you for what you’re getting yourself into. Bonus: If you decide to commit to purchasing bees for next spring, you’ll get a discount this weekend!

11:00 am: “Starting a Beekeeping Business” with Dave Bennett
Dave Bennett is a relatively new beekeeper who will share his experiences in getting his apiary up and running on a budget. He was able to set up a creative campaign to help raise funds and get people excited about the venture. He has great advice on getting started in your own beekeeping adventure, and has ideas that will be inspiring to both new and seasoned beekeepers.

12:00 pm: “Hive Products for Your Health” with Mike Masterson
Everyone knows honey is good for you, and Mike will certainly talk about that. What many people don’t know is that bee pollen and propolis are two other amazing products that can be harvested from the hive. Learn about the medicine of the hive and how you can use these natural remedies to treat a multitude of ailments and promote better health. You’ll probably get a free honey sample, too!

1:00 pm: “A Better Garden for Next Year” with Sally Cunningham
Sally Cunningham will talk about what to do and what to plant now for a superior 2020 season. Talk includes fixing your soil(compost, pH, and drainage), re-designing your beds (or adding new ones), and what you can still plant now to get a head start. Selected trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs will have special pricing--with the accent on natives for pollinator satisfaction!
Sally's book Buffalo-Style Gardens and future tour information will also be available.


Local Vendors Wanted

The Honey Harvest Festival was created to celebrate the honey bee. As part of the event, we invite local crafters, artists, bakers, mead-makers, chefs, jewelers...to join in the fun. If you create things with hive products (honey, beeswax, propolis, etc.) or have bee-themed products that you think would make the event more fun, please consider filling out our vendor application! 

Calling all Beekeepers

Do your bees make the tastiest honey around? Enter your honey in our Honey Tasting Contest for a chance to win not just a prize, but also bragging rights! This is one of the most popular events at the festival each year, and we absolutely love seeing (and tasting!) the amazing array of colors and flavors that the bees can produce. Check out the contest rules and the entry form by clicking below.