What You Should Know about the 6th Annual Philly Honey Festival
Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13 the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild will hold its 6th annual Honey Festival! This three day event is a celebration of honey and the bees that produce it. Bartram’s Garden (Lindbergh Blvd.), Wagner Free Institute of Science (Montgomery Ave.), and Wyck Historic House (Germantown Ave.) will all be hosting events during this exciting weekend. Here is what you need to know to enjoy the Philadelphia Honey Festival to the fullest!
Friday, September 11
Family-friendly fun will kick off the weekend’s festivities at the Wagner Free Institute of Science. From 3p.m. to 5p.m. children can take part in an after school program called Pollinator Power. This program is designed for kids ages 6 to 12 and includes dancing, a scavenger hunt around the museum, and a lesson on pollination. This event is perfect for school age children to interact and learn more about honey bees.
From 5p.m. to 7p.m. an adults only Honey Happy Hour will also be held at the Wagner Free Institute of Science. Attendees will get to taste sweet beers as well as observe an open hive demonstration that will include a honey extraction and a bee beard example. While these two events are exciting all on their own, this is just the tip of the iceberg for a very exciting, and informative, Philly Honey Festival.
Saturday, September 12
The second day of the festival will take place at the Wyck Historic House. From 10a.m. to 4p.m. the grounds will feature a large number of events including open hive demonstrations, a young beekeepers panel, and more. The highlight of the day will be a guided tour of the museum, which will include the unveiling of Wyck’s newest exhibit – a full-size, permanent observation hive that will remain at Wyck. For older festival goers, home-brewers will be sampling honey beers and meads starting at 12:30p.m.
Sunday, September 13
The final day of the 6th Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival will take place at Bartram’s Garden. The garden will be open from 10a.m. to 4p.m. and will feature an open discussion on bee hives with a panel of local experts. Following this panel, there will be a children’s honey bee parade as well as the opportunity to see how beer is brewed and shop for local, fresh produce from nearby vendors.