Honey in heart of the CBD
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.