Get ready for the Dublin Honey Show!

Entries in the dark jar class

Entries in the dark jar class. Photo: Kieran Harnett

It’s time to get your entries ready for the Dublin honey show.  The Rules, regulations and entry form and the Honey show classes have just been published (click here and here to download them)- and we are pleased to announce 2 excellent lectures at the show.

Date for your diary: Saturday 2nd November in Christ Church Rathgar, from 10:30am to 4:00pm.

Beekeepers – you can enter your honey, wax, candles, mead, cakes, biscuits, photographs, displays – just about anything to do with beekeeping – in the competition.

There are two classes that will appeal to the first-time or less experienced entrant – the novice class, which is open to any CDBKA member who has not yet won a honey show prize, and the dark jar class, where the jar  is covered in paper except for the lid, and the contents are judged purely on the taste and smell of the honey.  Also, this year we have introduced a new class – a two-jar class for CDBKA members only. Enter two unlabelled jars of your best honey in this class and see if you can win!

Attention bakers: this year there is no prescribed honey cake recipe – any cake is allowed as long as it contains honey, so dig out your best recipes!


Gerry Ryan (L), 2012 prizewinner with John Killian, Chairman Co Dublin BKA. Photo: Kieran Harnett.

Last year we put on two lectures – and they proved very popular, so this year we have two more excellent lectures:

  • At 12:00 noon, Master beekeeper Gerry Ryan from Tipperary will give a talk on ‘The beekeeping year’.  Gerry will doubtless be winning prizes at our show again this year.
  • At 2pm, Joe and Annette Kelly from Dublin will give a talk on plants for bees entitled ‘Plants – bees – food for thought’.  Joe is a senior beekeeper in the Co. Dublin BKA, and his wife Annette is a master gardener.

Arrive early for the lectures because last year there was standing room only.

Honey lovers will like this year’s innovation – as well as selling our own Co. Dublin Beekeepers’ Association honey, this year our members will have a stand selling their own honey once the association honey is all sold – which should be by lunchtime or so.

Finally, once again we will have a craft fair in the hall where you can come any buy your Christmas gifts.

Co. Dublin BKA members – putting on the honey show is a huge amount of work, so if you can spare a few hours to volunteer, do let us know.

The charge on the door of just €2 goes to our nominated charity.  See you at the show!