The first Waterford Honey Show is set to take place during the 2022 Harvest Festival which will be hosted at venues across Waterford City from 9 - 11 September 2022.
The first annual Waterford Honey Show is being hosted by the East Waterford BeeKeepers’ Association.
The event will inform honey producers, beekeepers, retailers and visitors of the show of the high-quality honey products available in the Southeast region.
According to the event organiser Donal Lehane,“Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wexford are Ireland’s most important areas for apiculture. Waterford City is the ideal central location for this event to promote pure natural honey and in particular the over 1,000 local beekeepers in the region.
"Honey has been an important food export from southeast Ireland since before the coming of Christ. The Romans and before them the Greeks wrote about the nectar produced from the ‘Sacred Trees’ of Ireland."
The organisers noted that all local producer-branded jars of honey are eligible to participate in the honey awards.
The products will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges for tasting.
The 'blind' method is used for tasting the products, without packaging and without any type of distinctive feature visible.
Each product will be assigned a numerical rating on the evaluation sheet, which represents the general sense of enjoyment as well as other criteria, such as appearance, odour, texture, flavour and viscosity.
A perpetual cut glass trophy made in Waterford will be presented to the overall supreme honey producer, it added.
There will also be a competition to judge bee products including wax and mead.
The festival is being supported by Waterford City & County Council and organised by GIY who are 'bringing sustainability right to the heart of the festivities', showcasing Waterford’s rich food heritage and celebrating the City’s diverse restaurants, eateries and producers.
The best of Waterford’s food and drink will be centre stage and there are a series of serious food talks for sides.
Special events will also be on offer including a restaurant trail and a live music programme.
For further details and to browse the full programme of events click here.