What to do at the 6th annual Philly Honey Festival

Tim Reardon, philly.com

Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 2:13 PM


What’s “buzzin” this weekend? Beginning Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13 the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild presents its 6th annual Honey Festival – a celebration of the sweet nectar produced by bees.

Throughout the three days, the Wagner Free Institute of Science (1700 W. Montgomery Ave.), The Wyck Historic House (6026 Germantown Ave.), and Bartram’s Garden (5400 Lindbergh Blvd.) will host activities all themed around the sweet food.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on.

The Wagner Free Institute of Science kicks off the festival on Friday, Sept. 11 with family-friendly fun. From 3 to 5 p.m., kids are encouraged to come take part of Pollinator Power— an after-school program. Designed for ages 6 to 12, the afternoon will include dancing, a pollinator lesson, and a scavenger hunt around the museum.

Following the kid session, an adults-only Honey Happy Hour will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Throughout the two hours, you’ll not only get to sip on sweet beers, you’ll also get to check out an open hive demonstration, honey extraction, and a bee beard example.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, the second day of the happenings will take place at the Wyck Historic House. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the grounds will host a lineup of events featuring open hive demos, a young beekeepers panel, a guided tour of the museum, and the revealing of Wyck’s latest exhibit — a permanent full-size observation hive.

For those 21 and older: At 12:30 p.m., home brewers are invited to have their mead and honey beer sampled, as well as reviewed. Entries must be dropped off by 11 a.m. to be judged. Other local brews will be available to try, too. If you don’t brew but are still into suds, free tastings of honey beer, and mead will be offered throughout the day. 

Make your Sunday a sticky one at Bartram’s Garden for the final day of the Honey Festival. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the garden will begin things with an open hive discussion. Following the panel, watch a children’s bee parade, get an inside look on how to brew beer, and shop for fresh products from local vendors. 

For more Things to Do, check out our calendar for the most up-to-date happenings.

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