Philadelphia Honey Festival

September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wyck Historic House, Garden, & Farm
6026 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Jennifer Carlson, Executive Director

Saturday, September 8 – Wyck

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!  #phillyhoneyfest2018

2018 Schedule

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 Kirk Wattles will inform us about the plague of the Spotted Lantern Fly,
11:15 am Healthy City – Urban Habitat – 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.
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!
12:00 noon to 4:00 pm – The MEAD Tent is Open (Rose Garden)
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
1:00 pm How 800 Hives Support the Huff Brothers’ Families – Joshua Huff, Co-Owner Huff’s Honey Farm
1:30 pm Honey Extraction – See how the honey goes from the honey comb to the jar through the “magic” of centrifugal force
2:00 pm Bee Beard! – Don Shump of Philadelphia Bee Company will create a beard of bees on his face!
3:00 pm The Role of the Beekeeper in an Urban Economy – Doug Sponselor, Ph.D., Penn State University
3:30 pm Open Hive Talk – Get up close and personal, if you dare!  Watch and ask questions, as a beekeeper “works the bees”


2017 Press

The Philadelphia Honey Festival will be buzzing, The Intelligencer, August 30, 2017
What’s Buzzing at the 2017 Philadelphia Honey Festival?, The Metro, August 31, 2017
The Philadelphia Honey Festival will be buzzing, Burlington County Times, August 31, 2017

For a full schedule of  activities at Wyck and the partner sites, please visit  Please note, programming and vendors are still being scheduled and will be included as they are confirmed.bee sunflowerprogram1

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Colony Meadery is a long-time sponsor of HoneyFest at Wyck

10 am- 4 pm Ongoing Activities:


Schedule of events to be posted in July.  To  last year’s schedule, visit our 2017 webpage.