Get Ready for the Philadelphia Honey Festival Coming in September!
Philadelphia Honey Festival buzzes into fall on September 6, 7 and 8 2018, at Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Wyck Historic House and Bartram’s Garden. This annual event, organized by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, celebrates 10 incredible years and works to raise awareness about the importance of honey bees to the environment, the food supply and the economy, and to celebrate urban beekeeping and gardening. The three historic locations will each host one day of the festival.
Things will be buzzing during this year’s Philadelphia Honey Festival with returning traditions as well as new programs. All three historic locations will offer visitors free family friendly activities for the three days of the festival. On top of the open hive demonstrations, honey extractions, open hive talks, bee beards (compliments of Don Shump, Guild Member) tastings and more, look for new additions in 2019.
Of particular interest this year:
· Glen Foerd introduces the Bee-Happy Hour with live music, food, and beverages. Craft beers/meads compliments of sponsor Philly Home Brew and honey cocktails served by Red Brick Craft Distillery.
· At Wyck House on Saturday, following a blockbuster inaugural year in 2018, the Philadelphia Honey Home Brew Challenge sponsored by Colony Meadery will be reprised!
· Bartram’s Garden will host two speakers, local Philly beekeepers, Stephanie Brown and Sam Torres. You can learn more about bees from a local West Philly Beekeeper. And, don’t worry, the famous Children’s Bee parade is still a go!
Entry to the festival venues, educational activities and demonstrations is free. For the schedule of events, visit phillyhoneyfest.com.
DAY BY DAY SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild is proud to present this festival for the 10th year along with our three partners. It may sound “too sweet”, but we really do have something for everyone! Honey sampling, music, children’s activities, informative talks on bees, adult beverages, demonstrations on all aspects of beekeeping, great food, vendor marketplaces, and the list goes on.
DAY ONE: GLEN FOERD
Glen Foerd on the Delaware (Grant Ave. & Milnor St., Philadelphia 19114 hosts the official kick off and the Bee-Happy Hour for Honey Festival 2019! The event runs Friday, September 6th, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. This evening event is a great chance to sample all the activities which comprise the Honey Festival. There truly is something for everyone this night!
5:00pm-9:00pm Ongoing Activities:
Vendor Market Place: Visit with local vendors and organizations selling honey-based products, natural products and providing demonstrations including information about home beer brewing and mead making.
5:30pm – Open Hive Talk – Join us for an Open Hive talk with members of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild. See what happens inside the hive!
6:30pm – BEE BEARD! The ever-popular event features Don Shump, Philadelphia Bee Company, who will create a beard of bees on his face!
7:30pm – Key Note Speaker: Doug Sponslor (PhD, postdoc at Penn State University; research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences) will talk about urban pollinators. His talk will also serve as the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild Monthly Meeting.
8:30pm – Honey Extraction – so you have a hive full of honey…now what?! See how honey goes from hive to table!
DAY TWO: WYCK
Next, Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm (6026 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19144) offers a full day of events on Saturday, September 7th from 10 am – 4 pm. Special features include the 2nd Annual Colony Meadery sponsored Honey Home Brew Challenge, the mead tent for demonstrations and sampling, ongoing children’s activities, and a vendor marketplace.
10 am- 4 pm Ongoing Activities:
Tour Wyck House – Learn about the Quaker family who called Wyck home for nine generations. Vendor Market Place: Visit with local vendors and organizations selling honey based products, natural products and providing demonstrations including information about home beer brewing and mead making. Philadelphia Food Trucks – on site to be announced.
11:00 am- 3:00 pm Ongoing Children’s Activities – Join us in the shaded area close to the carriage house for educational and fun BEE activities!
10:30 am Open Hive Talk – Take a peek into a real live beehive; a real live beekeeper will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about honey bees
12:00 noon Honey Extraction – How Do You Get the Honey Away From the Bees? Watch as honey is taken from the honeycomb and take a taste!
12:00 noon to 4:00 pm Mead Tent Event and Honey Home Brew Challenge.
12:30 pm Open Hive Talk – What’s Going on in There? Join us at the beehives by the greenhouses to watch and learn from the beekeeper
1:30 pm Honey Extraction – See how the honey goes from the honeycomb to the jar through the “magic” of centrifugal force
2:00 pm Bee Beard!
3:30 pm Open Hive Talk – Get up close and personal, if you dare! Watch and ask questions, as a beekeeper “works the bees”
DAY THREE: BARTRAM’S GARDEN
Bartram’s Garden (54th Street & Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia 19143) hosts the final day of the festival on Sunday, September 8th from 10 am – 4 pm. Special features include a children’s carnival, Children’s Bee Parade, a marketplace with local crafts, beer making demonstrations and two informative talks by local west Philly beekeepers.
10am – 4pm Ongoing Activities
Children’s Carnival – Make your own costume for the bee parades!
Vendors’ Marketplace: local vendors and organizations selling hand-made products and demonstrations including “home brewing with honey” by our sponsor, Philly Homebrew Outlet.
Bartram’s Gift Shop & Tours – Welcome Center
Famous Philly food trucks on site.
Ongoing 11:00am – 3pm – Free Boating on the Delaware
Ongoing 12:00pm – 4:00pm – House and Garden Tours Available Tickets can be purchased in the Welcome Center
10:30am Open Hive Talk – Take a peek inside a REAL LIVE hive with an experienced beekeeper!
11:00am Honey Extraction Demonstration – Learn how honey makes it from the hive and the honeycomb into a jar!
12:30pm Open Hive Talk – What’s going on in there? Watch and learn as a beekeeper opens a living bee hive right before your eyes.
1:00pm Honey Extraction Demo – All hands on deck, interactive honey harvest; learn then do it!
2:00pm Open Hive Talk – Come closer if you dare! Ask the beekeeper anything you want to know about honey bees.
2:30pm – Honey Extraction Demonstration learn how honey makes it from the hive and the honeycomb into a jar!
3:00pm – Bee Beard! Watch as Don Shump, Philadelphia Bee Company, creates a beard of bees on his face!
3:30pm – Open Hive Talk – Your last chance to see inside a real bee hive at the 2018 Honey Festival!