Honey in heart of the CBD

Countryman - - WOOL -

An in­creased num­ber of West Aus­tralians will share in the ex­cite­ment of the an­nual Honey Fes­ti­val this year, af­ter the re­lo­ca­tion of the event from the Swan Val­ley to the newly de­vel­oped Ya­gan Square in Perth.

Fea­tur­ing ex­hibitor stalls, bee­hive dis­plays, can­dle-mak­ing work­shops, an Ezy­loader demon­stra­tion, the honey cake com­pe­ti­tion and fam­ily-friendly en­ter­tain­ment such as face paint­ing and the wag­gle-dance ses­sion, the event on May 6 will at­tract bee­keep­ers, in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives and con­sid­er­able gen­eral pub­lic in­ter­est at its new home in the CBD.

WA Food Am­bas­sador Don Hancey will also be on hand to cook up some culi­nary de­lights in the mo­bile kitchen us­ing prod­ucts from Capi­lano Honey.

WAFarm­ers Bee­keep­ers sec­tion pres­i­dent Leilani Ley­land said a change of venue was in­evitable, given ris­ing in­ter­est in the State’s api­ary in­dus­try.

“Bee­keep­ing has re­ceived some great pub­lic­ity re­cently, with the ChemCen­tre project for test­ing our Jar­rah and Marri health prop­er­ties, plus the com­mence­ment of a Cer­tifi­cate III in Bee­keep­ing, en­cour­ag­ing new en­trants into the in­dus­try,” she said.

“There is a strong in­ter­est in api­ary in WA, so the Honey Fes­ti­val is an ex­cel­lent way to learn about how im­por­tant the in­dus­try is and how large an im­pact it has on the en­tire food chain.

“The fes­ti­val has en­joyed six years of won­der­ful ex­po­sure in the Swan Val­ley, and by mov­ing the event to Ya­gan Square, we will be able to show­case our fan­tas­tic in­dus­try to an ad­di­tional de­mo­graphic, in­clud­ing in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors.

“There has been a surge in bee­keep­ing in re­cent years with the num­ber of reg­is­tered hives con­tin­u­ally on the rise, so we hope that the fes­ti­val will not only be fun for the whole fam­ily, but will ed­u­cate pa­trons about best prac­tice and help hob­by­ist bee­keep­ers to get started.”

Mrs Ley­land said the pop­u­lar honey cake com­pe­ti­tion would take on a dif­fer­ent edge this year.

“This year, we want you to use your own recipe and pro­duce a marvellous recipe that our chef Dale can judge,” she said.

“There will also be a Peo­ple’s Choice award, so you can vote for which cake you think is a win­ner.”

Spe­cial thanks to the event sup­port­ers and spon­sors Wescobee Honey, Capi­lano Honey, Honey I’m Home Pro­duce, The House of Honey, West Coast Honey, Westlands Honey, Honey in the Gar­den, John Guil­foyles Bee­keep­ing equip­ment, Bee Wise, and the WA Api­arists So­ci­ety.

The Honey Fes­ti­val will be held on May 6 in Ya­gan Square, Perth.

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