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.
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. Kids will even get to make their own candle to take home.
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!
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.
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.
We will be hosting classes on a variety of honey and beekeeping related topics throughout the weekend. Please check back as we get closer to the event for more classes and scheduled times.
Erin Holko - “Beekeeping 101”
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 top 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!
Dave Bennett - “Starting a Beekeeping Business”
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.
Mike Masterson - “Hive Products for Your Health”
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!
Dave O’Donnell, Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm - “Gardening for Caterpillars”
Join local butterfly expert Dave O’Donnell as he discusses different plants that our important butterfly species need. 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. Do’t miss this opportunity of you want to create the best butterfly garden possible!
Sally Cunningham - “A Better Garden for Next Year”
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.