It’s that time of year again when we beekeepers prepare our entries for the Dublin Honey Show. It’s the highlight of the beekeeping year, and we Dublin beekeepers welcome visitors from everywhere to participate in our show.
This year we hold our honey show on Saturday 4th November, from 10:30am till 4pm at Christ Church, Rathgar. There you will find:
- The best Dublin honey for sale
- A competition for the best honey / mead / candles / photographs etc. If you are a beekeeper, come and enter your produce – and try win a prize! If not, come and marvel at the beautiful exhibits.
- A craft fair
- Beekeeping-related lectures at 11:00 am and 13:00
- Teas, coffees, sandwiches and delicious cake
If you are keen on buying honey, do come early because we always sell out.
If you are entering the competition, you will need the schedule of classes and the rules. You can download them here and here. You can enter online using the form at http://dublinbees.org/entryform, or download an entry form here.
Finally, if you are a member of the Co. Dublin beekeepers’ association and can spare a few hours to help out on the day, we’d love to have you. If you can help out, click here to email John.
John Keogh, Honey Show Secretary
Delighted to announce the lectures and films at this year’s Dublin Honey Show in Christ Church Hall, Rathgar on November 4th:
At 11:00 am, a children’s cartoon will be shown in the lecture room by Maeve Clissmann, followed by an Introductory video on bees at 11.30 am. Repeated at 13:00 and 13:30.
At 12:00 noon a talk by Jim Ryan entitled “Honey Bees, Wasps and Bumble Bees”, in the lecture room. Repeated at 14:00
Be there early to guarantee a seat!
And if would like more details or you would like to enter your honey, mead, wax, cakes or photographs on the competition, you will find all you need to know here http://dublinbees.org/meet-the-beeke…/the-dublin-honey-show/
See you there!
John, honey show secretary
The 24 jar class
Finally, the Dublin Honey Show is upon us. The cups are polished and ready for this year’s winners, the Dublin Beekeepers’ Association honey is bottled and labelled ready for sale, the volunteers are all signed up and ready to make the show run like clockwork, and throughout the county and wider country, competitors are putting the finishing touches to their entries.
The Irish did very well at the UK National Honey Show last weekend as you can see here, and some of the winning entries will come to Dublin to try their luck. There are a number of competition classes that are designed for beginners, including the ‘dark jar ‘ class where the honey is judged on taste and aroma alone, so if you are relatively new to beekeeping competitions, do try a quick entry – you never know! The entry form and rules can be found here.
We look forward to welcoming you all to our honey show. As well as a beekeeping competition it’s a chance to buy honey from Co Dublin and to browse the craft stalls which are always popular. It’s held at Christ Church, Rathgar D6, from 10:30am to 4pm this Saturday, 5th November.
We look forward to welcoming you! As per last year, the entry fee is €2, which goes to this year’s charity, the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook.
Simon Rees, Chairperson
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