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Published April 3rd 2019
Check out these sweet honey events
Honey - that sticky, gooey, sweet delight that goes well with so many other foods, whether they be sweet or savoury. Many a time I have made chicken with honey and this is always a delight to the taste buds.
Now there are a few honey related festivals you can go to and this is often where I buy my natural honey rather than at the supermarket. It costs more but is far better and is real honey straight from the hives.
In 2012, Honey Week (as it was then called) was organised for the first time in Western Australia. This small scale festival proved to be extremely popular and attracted far more people than organisers originally anticipated. Now it is called Honey Month and it is now a national event.
Beekeeping is a career that was declining in numbers through a retiring workforce. Because of this, one of the main reasons for Honey Month is to develop an interest in beekeeping by the younger generation. It is also to educate the public to support WA honey and their beekeepers. Nowadays there seems to be more backyard honey keepers, however, the bees are also under threat from disease. Other things affecting the decline of the bees include climate change and through dwindling forest resources.
It is therefore important that the community appreciates and understands the importance of bees in Australia. They are our master pollinators and are important to our food diversity here in Australia.
Honey Hackathon This is a slightly different event and is to address an industry challenge and create new business opportunities.
Western Australian honey is the purest in the world. This is partly due to a combination of quarantining our borders to maintain bee health. It is also due to our honey bees feeding on large areas of unique flora. The challenge we face is how can we make international markets recognise the value proposition of our honey?
Following a successful Honey Hackathon in 2018, this one-day session has returned to show you about research from the Cooperative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products. It will also inform you of the value of honey bee products and international markets and here you will:
Meet like-minded people
Form groups to help develop your idea using business tools to crystallise your product ideas
Learn how to pitch your ideas and continued support to reach your goal
There will be experts advising you on the day, and the cost of the day is $50 per person. This includes refreshments through the day, lunch and dinner. The doors will be open at 8.00 am with a coffee ready for an 8.30 am start!
This will be on Saturday 11th May 2019 from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. It will be held at 128 Yanchep Beach Road, Yanchep. You can book your tickets at this link.
Spit in the Hills
This event will be held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019. Included among other activities will be a Welcome to Honey Month. This will be held at the Chidlow Tavern, 4 Thomas Street, Chidlow.
The Chidlow is teaming up with National Honey Month and bringing in local experts in the beekeeping and honey producing field.
The Perth Hills is full of a rich population of beekeepers and local hives where they produce some of the world's finest honey! The mob at the Chidlow Tavern are strong supporters of our local beekeepers and understand the importance of keeping our bee population in good health. No bees – no life!
Festival-goers will have the opportunity to learn about the following:
Breeding of queens
Best of all, you will have a chance to taste some of the local honey. The festival markets will also include a good range of bee products for you to sample and purchase.
BICWA Conference - Sustainable Beekeeping for the Future
This event is more for those who are interested in commercial beekeeping. It will be on at Mandoon Estate, Caversham on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th May 2019.
There will be local and international speakers; exhibition and trade stands; and networking opportunities.
Presentations will include:
Presentations and talks
Turning a hobby into a business
Technology in beekeeping
International speaker Chris Hiatt
Use of pesticides
Cert III in beekeeping update
You can see the full program at this link and book at this one.
More About honey
Honey is "hygroscopic" meaning that it attracts water. Honey is also useful in speeding up the healing process of wounds and burns. It does this by closing and sterilising wounds, which in turn prevents the growth of bacteria.
Most micro-organisms do not grow in honey because of its low water activity. Jarrah Honey from Western Australia is well known for being the best healing honey.
Honey is also a great natural sweetener and has many benefits that many people don't know about. One of these is for a sore throat - honey has been proven to be a natural throat soother! If you are an athlete and need a natural energy boost then choose honey for its unique blend of natural sweeteners. This will provide you with stamina and assist in muscle recovery.