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California Honey Festival Downtown Woodland

What would life be like as a honeybee? If you were a bee in Downtown Woodland, chances are it would be sweet on May 4. Folks from all over the state will be celebrating this humble creature from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the California Honey Festival buzzes into town.  This is the third year for the event which will feature celebrity chefs and landscapers, honey farms and cooking demonstrations, live musical entertainment, 200 vendors with bee-related products, educational talks on bees and beekeeping, and of course, the master of ceremony – the honey bee.

Discover how you can support this marvelous creature responsible for nearly one-third of our entire diet. Honeybees provide pollination services for a majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes.

Celebrity landscaper, Ahmad Hassan, is hosting the California Honey Festival’s Pollinator Garden. Learn what plants attract and help support bees, and how best to grow them. Hassan began hosting shows on the DIY network in 2007, leading to his team surprising homeowners and viewers with dramatic landscape upgrades HGTV and DIY Networks’ “Yard Crashers.”

This Festival is about honey, and visitors will find 16 honey farms and the products they produce from honey, to honey soaps, and honey-infused lotions. To taste more of that golden nectar, you will find honey infused cuisine and a unique beverage garden of Mead, Wine and Brew.

The California Honey Festival is a free family-friendly event where knowledge is king and learning becomes fun.  In the Busy Bee Kids Zone children watch Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show where they will learn about the bee’s life and see an observation hive. Kids can also paint their own bee and enjoy other interactive activities.

Festival-goers can discover what it takes to have a backyard hive, learn about native bees, and the qualities of the oldest alcoholic beverage – Mead at the UC Davis Education Stage.  The California Honey Festival is produced in partnership with the Honey and Pollination Center at Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis.

At the UC Davis Honey Lab guests can taste unique-flavored honeys at the custom, seven-foot honey wheel and learn how they get their different flavors.  Guests will also find information on the UC Davis Beekeeping and the California Master Beekeeping Programs, 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.

Live entertainment throughout the Festival will provide musical stylings of Jayson Angove, Jessica Malone, Big Sticky Mess, Boca Do Rio, Case Lipka, David Jacobin, katgrüvs, accordionist Jared Johnson, the City of Trees Brass Band and Double X Brass Band. Other live entertainment includes Space Walker and the Hand Stand Nation an acrobatic male and female duo that amazes audiences with their ability to switch acrobatic roles during the performance.

Woodland is the portal of pollination services offered to the farmers of the $21.6 billion California specialty crops industry. Over one million hives pass through Woodland on their way to servicing the great crop regions of California. The California Honey Festival’s mission is to promote honey, honey bees and their products, and beekeeping through this unique educational platform, to the broader public.

Through lectures and demonstrations, the festival will help develop an interest in beekeeping by the younger generation. Attendees will learn about the myriad of issues that confront honey bees including pesticide use, diseases and even the weather.  In addition, attendees can learn how to creatively plant their gardens to help feed all of our pollinators. It is important for the community to appreciate and understand the importance of bees as the lead pollinator of many of our crops adding to the food diversity we have come to enjoy.

The California Honey festival, benefits select bee and  pollinator non-profits doing the hard work of research and education to ensure bee health worldwide.

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