25 Jul 2019
Offaly Beekeepers are preparing to exhibit the best of Irish honey and hive products at this years' Tullamore Show.
Offaly Beekeeping Association will be hosting their annual Honey Show at the event which promises to be a showcase which will delight food lovers and beekeepers alike.
The association is encouraging beekeepers of all levels of experience to enter run honey, frames of honey, beeswax products or honey cakes in the show.
Invaluable feedback is given to all entrants on the day regardless of placing - and you never know - you might be able to label your honey "award winning" afterwards!
Tracey Carroll, OBKA Honey Show Secretary, is encouraging all local beekeepers, from beginners to previous award winners, to enter at least one jar of honey into the show.
For those who have never exhibited before, there are two novice classes that could not be simpler to enter. The first is simply one jar of honey of any type, 340 grams or 454 grams. The second novice class is one bar frame of comb honey suitable for extraction.
There are also classes for cut comb and section honey, heather honey, chunk honey, creamed honey, beeswax, candle, honey cakes, mead and decorative displays of hive products.
OBKA will have an observation hive of bees with beekeepers on hand to answer any questions and give pointers to anyone interested in taking up beekeeping themselves.
Online entries have closed, but late entries will be taken on the day for the Horticulture Classes, with all indications being it will be a bumper year for the Tullamore Show.
In order to make the Honey Show accessible to all who want to take part, OBKA will have a drop off point for entries at Offaly Historical Society the evening before the show.
Details of the drop off point will be circulated to OBKA members and posted on the associations Offaly Beekeepers Association Facebook page in the coming days.