A week late but went to the National Honey Show last week and an excellent show this year with a noticeable increase in entries over last year including my three, a single jar of honey, a bottle of dry mead and a frame ready for extraction.
That’s the handsome three, photographed on the back of my narrowboat after returning from the show. The green star on the frame of honey is for third prize, way to go girls. A good frame like that is a thing of beauty and is staying on the boat throughout the winter so I can sit and look at it and in time may go back to the bees or become some nice chunk or cut comb honey.
The show has grown on me over the years when I first went I found it not that great but over the years and especially as I have started to enter find it great fun. Last year I managed a 2nd place with a bottle of mead and was hoping for similar this but no 😦 but have plans for next year with a melomel and a metheglin not forgetting my nice mid dry mead.
For those that dont know melomel is flavoured mead with a fruit juice and metheglin is a mead flavored with a spice. I have gone with elderflower for the methoglin and elderberry for the melomel. In time and the dark long winter months, I intend posting my methods of making mead and my simple wines.
I also plan to enter more honey classes and perhaps something that I can fall back on with my woodworking skills.
Its not all about entering honey ect at the National Honey Show they have a big lecture and workshop schedule over the three days and a big trade hall with a big variety of suppliers trying to sell stuff and other people just trying to promote their organisation ect.
I would recommend you check it out and enter if possible and it’s not restricted to the UK as there are a number of international classes. It is however possible to catch up with the lectures if you cannt attend as they have been filmed and recorded, the first time last year and again this with the videos are available on good old youtube. I understand this year’s videos will be available in a few weeks but all of last year’s are available.