Bees2Honey Inc – PRESIDENT’S REPORT
The 2018 Honey Festival moved to the city in an effort to generate a broader audience. The newly built Yagan Square, offered the festival a range of extra experiences such as a market hall, cafes and restaurants, digital media, native gardens and a staged area. Unfortunately, this year the weather was not favourable as we were swept with heavy rain and winds in the morning. However, this eased up during the day.
To celebrate moving to the city at Yagan Square we invited Wadumbah Dance Group back to promote the spirit of our Aboriginal culture. We feel that through Wadumbah we have a great opportunity to educate people from all walks of life about our indigenous people. Noongar man, James T Webb, has always been very supportive of the Honey Festival including the honey bee story and dance to support it.
The honey competition was a great success with the judges congratulating the quality of entries. Judging was done four days prior to the festival by Joy and Tom Coy as well as Brian and Adriana Wickins who all spent a full and long day judging all entrants. Honey was judged on cleanliness, clarity, aroma, moisture content and presentation. The judge’s assessment paperwork was available on the day which proved to be very helpful to all those who exhibited. Congratulations to Gordon Carter for winning both the Best Beeswax Exhibit and Best Honey Exhibit 2018.
The cake competition unfortunately was not as successful as previous years with numbers falling quite considerably. We assumed this was due to the difficulty of getting cakes to the city on the day as well as the bad weather. Judge Dale Sniffen, mentioned that he would like to see next years entries with more honey flavours in the cakes.
Honey talks and presentations attracted small audiences around the staged area possibly due to the remote location. We decided to relocate the afternoon presentations down to the laneway area to capture people passing by. ‘Forest’s for Life’ joined us this year and together with beekeeper, Rupert Phillips, they had a very engaging conversation about the problems facing beekeepers. WA’s forest honey is world renowned and highly sought after but logging and burning are reducing apiarists’ sites and climate change is impacting on flowering times making it increasingly difficult for beekeepers to keep up supply. Native bees were not neglected with an educational talk by Faye Arcaro, to promote the preservation and enjoyment of Australian native bees.
Sponsorship was hard to source this year with many organizations unable to fund us. Many thanks to Capilano/Wescobee who raised the much-needed final funds to make the 2018 event happen. Honey I’m Home, with MRA support hosted the site free of charge for 2018.
The evolving Bees2Honey Inc continues to look for new and exciting ways to manage the future Honey Month’s events and festivals. The development of these events in May continue to grow making the month more interesting and diverse.
Thanks to all our sponsors and hardworking volunteers, as without them the festival would not have been possible.