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Honey Harvest Festival


The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is thrilled to present its first ever Honey Harvest Festival! This day dedicated to celebrating honey will be filled with bee-themed fun & education for everyone to enjoy. Our RAIN OR SHINE festival is FREE ADMISSION and will include:

- Touring the Bartlett's pollinator gardens and hives

- A special BBQ provided by HooDoo Brown (other food vendors will also be available) for an additional charge

- Marketplace to purchase honey products, beverages, and other bee related items

- Mead presentations and Barr Hill Gin tastings

- Live music featuring Dan Swartz, lead vocalist with the Bob Button Big Band, and Jim Obrys.

- Children's crafts and activities, including pony rides (weather permitting), candle making, games, door prizes, and more!

- A Q&A panel, featuring the founder of Red Bee Honey, Carla Marina Marchese. The panel will be moderated by acclaimed beekeeper and author, Howland Blackiston

The panel details are as follow:

1:00 - 1:45 - Howland Blackiston -- “Getting to Know the Honey Bee”.

  • The history of bees and beekeeping Life inside the hive

  • The products that honey bees make

  • The enormous value of honey bees and pollination

  • Problems facing bees and beekeeping and what you can do about it

  • What's next if you want to get started as a beekeeper?

1:45 - 2:30 - Marina Marchese -- “Honey, I Love You”

  • Appreciating the history of honey

  • What exactly is "honey"

  • Healing with honey

  • Identifying the different types of honey (extracted, comb, chunk, whipped)

  • Honey from around the world

  • The culinary side of honey

  • Pairing honey with food

2:30 - 3:00 - Q&A with Howland, Marina, and other beekeepers

Listen to a recent radio interview with our former Board Chairman, Paul Travaglino, who shares all the details of the event, as well as the importance of bees.

Earlier Event: September 1
Vegetable Garden Tour
Later Event: October 6
Honeybee Hive Tour