Philadelphia Honey Festival

September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wyck Historic House, Garden, & Farm
6026 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Tess Frydman, Director of Interpretation & Public Outreach

The Philadelphia Honey Festival at Wyck is our sweet finish to the summer season and offers a variety of activities that celebrate and educate about our important friend, the honey bee!  This always-popular event includes honey tastings, extractions, presentations, bee-bearding, mead making and tasting, and much more!  Now in its 9th year, the Philadelphia Honey Festival spans three days, beginning on Friday evening, September 7, at the Glen Foerd on the Delaware, then Saturday at Wyck, and finally Sunday at Bartram’s Garden!  #phillyhoneyfest

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors: Colony Meadery, Grid Magazine, Honest Tea, Mom’s Organic Market,  and Philly Homebrew Outlet.

 10 amGTown Radio logo- 4 pm Ongoing Activities:

 Scheduled Programs:program1

10:00am – 2:00pm Trees for Bees  presented by Awbury Arboretum
10:30 am Open Hive Talk  Take a peek into a real live beehive; a real live beekeeper will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about honey bees
11:00 am – 3:00pm  Children’s Activities with Colleen Hudson, Wyck’s Camp Manager (in the shady area under the trees, near the Coach House)
11:00 am – 3:00pm Apple Cider Pressing!  Help us press some apples and taste the sweet cider results (located near the Home Farm).
12:00 noon Honey Extraction   How Do You Get the Honey Away From the Bees? Watch as honey is taken from the honey comb and take a taste! (Education Shed)
12 noon – 3:00pm  Living with a Garden in the 18th Century  Come meet Ruth Fletcher, an 18th-century gardening enthusiast on the beautiful grounds of Wyck House.  Learn to enjoy & make practical use of your garden. She will share her love of flowers and plants, and discuss their uses in decoration, cooking and medicine.  She will especially focus on the multiple uses of the versatile Lavender plant (near Ice House).
12:30 pm Open Hive Talk  What’s Going On In There?  Join us at the bee hives by the greenhouses to watch and learn from the beekeeper.images
1:30 pm Honey Extraction  See how the honey goes from the honey comb to the jar through the “magic” of centrifugal force (Education shed)
2:00 pm Bee Beard!  Don Shump of Philadelphia Bee Company will create a beard of bees on his face!
3:00pm The Savory Side of Sweet   Chef Greg Funk will demonstrate how to prepare some delicious and historic Wyck recipes!  (Education Shed)
3:30 pm Open Hive Talk – Get up close and personal, if you dare!  Watch and ask questions, as a beekeeper “works the bees”

Speaker Schedule (all lectures will take place by the Coach House):

  • 11:00 am The Plague of the Spotted Lantern Fly by Kirk Wattles, Street Tree Maintenance Div., City of Philadelphia
  • 11:15 am Healthy City – Urban Habitat by Helena vanVliet (American Institute of ArchitectsBioPhilly founding member, Biophilic Cities steering committee).  Abundant wild nature in the city is good for us! Let’s explore the deep connection between human health and urban biodiversity. Let’s talk about building symbiotic relationships in and for the resilient biophilic city of the future.
  • 1:00 pm How 800 Hives Support the Huff Brothers’ Families by  Joshua Huff, Co-Owner Huff’s Honey Farm
  • 2:30pm The Plague of the Spotted Lantern Fly by Kirk Wattles, Street Tree Maintenance Div., City of Philadelphia
  • 3:00 pm The Role of the Beekeeper in an Urban Economy by Doug Sponselor, Ph.D., Penn State University

Mead Tent Schedule (Rose Garden; ID required for entrance to the Mead tent):

  • 12:00pm-4:00pm Sample  Colony Meadery’s extensive selection of locally made meads; taste testing with Philly Homebrew Outlet and Attic Brewing.
  • 12noon to 1pm:  Live Mead Making Demonstration Join Sean Benjamin as he explains how easy it can be to make the world’s oldest fermented beverage at home.
  • 1:00pm – 1:30pm Honey Home Brew Event Results Announced – Mike Manning from Colony Meadery shares educational feedback on the entries in the Philly Homebrew Competition.  Join us as we listen and learn  (click here to see details of how to enter your brews).


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