What Is a Honey Festival, you ask?
We are happy to announce that the 2nd Annual Michigan Honey Festival will be
held on Saturday, July 27th 2013 at the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds
It is an opportunity to see some things you may never have known existed, learn a few new things that may be going on all around you but you don’t know it, answer some questions you may have, enjoy foods, drinks and products that are natural, local and healthy, play some games, watch some artisans create crafts and natural products, and learn about (and have the opportunity to purchase) all of the various products that are produced by cooperation with Apis mellifera, the honey bee!
Oh, there WILL be honey! But don’t think that’s the end of the story. Bees make many other products and the substances they create can be used to do many wonderful things. Of course you know that bees also produce a wonderful natural wax that has been used for centuries to make candles, wax thread and bowstrings, to coat cheeses and create products that soften and protect our lips and make us more kissable! The wax has been used for skin care products and pomades and many, many other functions, both historical and still in use today.
Propolis and Royal Jelly are some other products made by bees that you will learn about and have an opportunity to purchase or try. Then there is pollen. Yes, it is used by many as a nutritional supplement. Bees collect it from the local vegetation while doing a very important job for all of us: pollination! The extra pollen harvested by beekeepers can be used to supplement our diets with a natural source of vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, hormones, enzymes and fats, as well as significant quantities of natural antibiotics. And, the bee-collected variety of this substance is superior to that taken right off the plant; the bees actual enhance the pollen for us!