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Westport Honey Bee Festival creates a buzz

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SWEET THING The native Irish honey bee, Apis mellifera mellifera.

Ciara Moynihan

Westport Beekeepers Association is hosting the Westport Honey Bee Festival, incorporating the seventh West Awake Honey Show, on Saturday, October 19, in Scoil Phádraig, Westport.  
This sweet event includes not only a contest for the tastiest honey, there will also be a gardening talk by Paraic Horkan, as well as a biodiversity talk and workshop by Karina Dingerkus.
Family fun is also in store, with a treasure hunt – dubbed ‘Honopoly’ – that will challenge honey-hunters to find letters in windows of participating shops to form a sentence and be entered in draw for the chance to win some great prizes. There’ll also be a chance to plant some bulbs ready for next spring, as well as a raffle for some great prizes, including national hives, beauty products, Glenisland Apiary beeswax candles and more.

Honey show
The honey show will include entries not just of various honeys, but also cakes, biscuits, beeswax products, photos and art. Entries for all categories will be accepted on Friday, October 18, from 6pm to 7pm, and on the Saturday morning of the show, between 8.30am and 10.15am. Judging will start at 10.30am, with judges John Donohue, Jim Fletcher and Paul Boyle doing the honours.
Entry forms are available on the Westport Beekeepers Association website, www.wbkc.info. Exhibits will be on view to the public from 12 noon, and beekeeping equipment will also be on view and on sale. The awards presentation will start at 4pm, while the raffle draw will take place at 5pm.
A great event for bee lovers, honey lovers and anyone interested in nature and biodiversity.

For more information, visit www.wbkc.info, email secretarywbka@gmail.com or call 086 1975638.