The annual Honey Festival returns this May with an exciting month-long program of family-friendly events around Perth!
Enjoy a jam-packed program of interactive events, enlightening behind the scenes tours and spectacular degustations - plus The Honey Festival is back on Sunday 30 May at Gidgegannup Showgrounds.
Honey Month is an annual event that allows the public to get a first-hand view of the modern, sustainable and ethical honey harvesting methods used by local WA beekeepers.
Sadly, beekeeping is a career that is declining in numbers through a retiring workforce. With this in mind, one of the driving forces behind Honey Month is to inspire and educate the younger generation.
Bees are also under threat by disease, climate change and though dwindling forest resources. It is important for the community to appreciate and understand the importance of bees in Australia as our master pollinators and how important they are to our food diversity here in Australia.
Immerse yourself in all things honey this May! Below are some of our event highlights!
Bongers Bees & Spit in the Hills at Chidlow Tavern
On the weekend of the 1st & 2nd May, Bongers Bees expert beekeepers will be available to demonstrate and answer any questions you may have about keeping your own bees, lifecycle, honey or breeding of queens. You can also taste beautiful raw honey over both days and there will also be a live hive on display!
Chidlow Tavern is located at 4 Thomas Road, Chidlow. Bookings not necessary. FREE entry.
Special Honey Dessert (Available throughout May) at Amaroo, Mount Helena
Amaroo Accommodation & Spa's newest addition to the adult's only sanctuary is The Lounge Restaurant! All of the produce is locally sourced, meaning the quality and freshness of the food is at an exceptionally high standard.
During the month of May, The Lounge Restaurant is offering a honey-infused dessert - the Honey Cream Pudding, including fresh honeycomb, finger lime and nuts.
Organise your friends and book a table at The Lounge Restaurant and why not stay for a peaceful night at the luxurious Amaroo Retreat and Spa.
Amaroo Retreat and Spa is located at 1200 Alison Street, Mount Helena. Bookings are essential.
Lukes Bees & Beekeeping Videos - Buzz Ed Australia
Tune in every Thursday during the month of May to watch an informational and educational video by Buzz Ed's own Luke de Laeter. The videos are shared on Facebook.
Luke is a new generation apiarist who is sharing his passion for bees and biodiversity. In 2020, he proudly won the Beazley Medal VET and the Australian Meeting of Young Beekeepers.
Check out Lukes newly launched Buzz Ed webpage and offer of interactive school presentations and online incursions.
Bee Safari at The House of Honey
Jump in a beekeeper's suit on Saturday, 8th May, 8:30 am - 10:30 am and go behind the scenes as a head beekeeper takes you on a personal tour of the beehives. Your experience will include viewing honey production sheds, along with a personalised honey tasting with beekeeper Rupert Phillips. You will also enjoy a pot of your own freshly harvested honey.
This is an event that will leave you amazed by its exclusive experience. It will fascinate any budding beekeeper or honey lover!
The House of Honey is located at 867 Great Northern Hwy, Herne Hill. Included in the day is a Devonshire tea (Honey scones). Minimum age: 12 and above. No experience needed. Price: $75 Adult | Under 16 $55.Bookings are essential.
CANCELLED: Bee-reakfast at The Attic Fremantle
Due to COVID-19 uncertainty, this event has been cancelled but please support this business when you can.
Located in the heart of Fremantle, on Bannister Road, this newly revamped cafe, owned by the young couple Olivia & Alex Steward, invites you to a truly exceptional dining experience. Held on Saturday 15th May, 8 am, enjoy a curated bee-reakfast that celebrates the life of bees and the honey they produce in that time. The two-hour experience is highlighted with highly seasonal and distinctively inventive dishes, with some to share, and some just for you. As the morning comes to a close, you will have a chance to meet Kate, the beekeeper and learn more about her experience of tending the bees and sourcing the honey that we all enjoy.
The Attic Fremantle is located at 16 Bannister Street, Fremantle. The prices is $60 per person. Bookings are essential.
High Tea at Peel Manor House, Karnup (various dates)
Enjoy a Honey High Tea at the impressive and spacious Georgian Mansion nestled on 10.5 acres of manicured grounds, only a 40-minute drive south of Perth and away from the hustle and bustle of the city and suburbs.
Peel Manor House is located at 164 Fletcher Road, Karnup 6176. Bookings are essential: please phone the venue on 9424 2838 to check availability.
Honey Dinner Experience at Rendevous Scarborough
On Thursday 20th May, 7.30 pm, enjoy a mouth-watering three-course honey themed dinner and extend your experience staying for the night!
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough is located at 148 The Esplanade, Scarborough.
Book your tickets here, or call 08 9340 577 for details. Bookings are essential.
Hotel Rendevous offers a 20% discount on the room rate for your overnight stay. Accommodation Link Book Now. Promo code: HONEYDINNER
Bees Neez Apiaries - Beekeepers presentation
On Sunday 23rd May, enjoy a presentation with beekeepers David and Leilani Leyland and listen to insights of their 36 years' experience as commercial operators.
This honey facility tour provides lots of information about the honeybee and her journey from egg to forager and will amaze you with the work involved to produce this beautiful natural product and all the other products that come from the beehive. Taste some different varieties of honey and be educated as to why they differ.
Bees Neez Apiaries is located at 285 Leyland Close, Beechina.
Time: 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm
Price: $5.00 donation to Honey Month for future events.
Bookings not required, further information on 0428 290 029.
Hive & Wellness Factory Tour - FREE event
For over 65 years, Hive & Wellness Australia have had a strong commitment to innovation and quality in bee products. With three strong heritage brands in their portfolio, the company has demonstrated a long history of supporting Australian beekeepers. On Sunday 23rd May, Hive & Wellness welcomes the public to a guided tour through its packing facility in Bayswater.
Hive & Wellness is located at 99 Beechboro Road South, Bayswater. Tours start at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm.
This is a free event but bookings are essential. Call the friendly staff on 9271 8133 to make a booking.
Held on Sunday 30th May, 9 am - 4:30 pm, the Honey Festival is part of the nationwide Honey Month of May and for the second time, it will be hosted at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds as part of The Small Farm Field Day.
Enjoy a great day full of information and fun for everyone. Highlights include the Honey and Honey cake competition with this year's addition of an under 18s section. There is also a new category, The Mead Competition, another wonderful bi-product from our little worker bees.
Come on the day and get an exclusive honey cooking demonstration, listen to the inspirational beekeeper talks, participate in cool scientific experiences with Scitech and witness the Competition ceremonies.
There will also be a fantastic variety of good quality stallholders on-site, and, of course, the best quality WA Honey for tasting and purchase!
Gidgegannup Showground is located at 2171 Toodyay Rd, Gidgegannup WA 6083 - enter Gate 3.
Start planning your Honey Month 2021 adventure now! For all the latest, please see www.bicwa.com.au