Discover the sweet sensations of a honey-charged world and what life is like for the honeybee at the 2019 California Honey Festival, May 4 in Downtown Woodland. This is the third year for the California Honey Festival which celebrates the honeybee, honey and the agricultural world the busy winged-dynamo supports.
The California Honey Festival combines education, cooking demonstrations, honey-inspired cuisine and beverages, honey tastings, entertainment, 16 honey farms, art, kids’ activities and 200 vendors. Collaborating with the Honey and Pollination Center at Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis, this sweet event turns bee education into serious fun - and it's free.
The beekeeping industry touches the lives of every individual in the United States. In fact, honeybees are responsible for nearly one-third of our entire diet, based on the pollination services that they provide for a majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. This amounts to nearly $19 billion per year of direct value from honeybee pollination to United States agriculture.
This and beekeeping knowledge are shared at the UC Davis Education Stage and interactive exhibits that provide an immersive learning experience. Visitors to the Honey Lab can taste honeys from around the world, learn about the UC Davis Beekeeping and the California Master Beekeeping Program, discover how honey is made from the flower to the bottle, view a bee lifecycle, and find out what viruses and insects harm the honeybee.
The California Honey Festival’s Busy Bee Kids Zone helps kids and adults understand how bees pollinate and what they can do to be good environmental stewards. Hands-on arts and crafts, games, and more will offer kids plenty of playtime.
Celebrity landscaper Ahmad Hassan will host the pollinator garden where guests can learn how to plant their own bee-friendly habitats. Hassan began hosting shows on the DIY network in 2007, leading to his team surprising homeowners and viewers with dramatic landscape upgrades on DIY’s “Yard Crashers.” He's best known as the original host and real-life personality on HGTV and DIY Networks’ Yard Crashers. Visitors to the California Honey Festival’s Pollinator Garden will learn how to plant their own bee-friendly habitats.
Anyone interested in beekeeping will find a variety of exhibitors offering educational aspects for new beekeepers. . Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture Magazine, will tell the audience what it takes and offer tips to beekeeping at 11:30 a.m. Neil Williams, professor and Chancellor’s Fellow at UC Davis will discuss the huge impact of native bees in pollination and ecology at 12:30 p.m.
Guests can discover new recipes and uses for honey in the kitchen at the California Honey Festival’s Cooking Stage. Local and celebrity chefs will prepare meals and comment while cooking. Michael Marks – “Your Produce Man” will emcee the stage making sure spectators learn from these magnificent chefs.
Marks is best known for his weekly visits on CBS 13 News at Noon and on the #1 morning show in Sacramento, “Good Day Sacramento” on CW 31.
Historic Downtown Woodland restaurants will also join in the sweet culinary theme with special recipes for the weekend. There is also plenty of musical entertainment with over a dozen musical performers and bands.
The Festival features a Mead, Wine and Beer Garden. The queen bee in this garden is flavorful honey-infused beverages. Honey gains its subtle flavor varieties from the flora that the bee pollinates like sage or orange blossom. This is the flavor that infuses Meads and Honey Wines.
Mead has its roots in ancient history and mythology. It is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey with water and yeast. While mead and honey wine are often used synonymously, mead’s flavoring generally comes from the core flavor of the honey. Honey wine, however, is watered honey that is fermented with various fruits and spices. Microbrew and craft beer fans will also find honey-inspired beers.
The California Honey Festival is held on Main Street between Third and Walnut Street. This honey-of-a-time runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is free public parking in designated areas, and admission is free. For more information see www.californiahoneyfestival.com or call 530-668-8839.