Philadelphia Honey Festival

September 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wyck Historic House, Garden, & Farm
6026 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Mariel Rosati, Development and Programs Manager

Saturday, September 9 – Wyck

The Philadelphia Honey Festival at Wyck is our sweet finish to the festival 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 8th year, the Philadelphia Honey Festival spans three days, beginning with a Thursday Honey Happy Hour at the Glen Foerd on the Delaware, then Saturday at Wyck, and finally Sunday at Bartram’s Garden! (September 7,9,10, 2017 – no Friday this year) #phillyhoneyfest2017

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

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

10 am- 4 pm Ongoing Activities:

  • Tour Wyck House – Learn about the Quaker family who called Wyck home for nine generations.  Admission is FREE!
  • G-Town Radio broadcasting live from Wyck! (12-4pm)
  • Vendor Market Place: Visit with local vendors and organizations selling honey based products, natural products and providing demonstrations including information about home beer brewing and mead making.   Confirmed 2017 vendors include:  John and Kira’s Chocolates, Tasty Eats Food Truck, Random Tea Room, Only in the Forest Jewelry, Truly Pure and Natural, Instar Apiaries, Grumblethorpe Farm Stand (10am-2pm), Lunaria Gardens, Florence and Leah, Fifth of a Farm Creations, Ummi and Me Henna Body Art,  Andersen Windows, and Inspire (Renewable Energy).
  • Free samples of Organic Honey Green Tea, provided by festival sponsor Honest Tea (while supplies last).
  • Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion – Wyck is proud to partner with the newest science museum in the city: the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion!  This new facility exhibits a 7,000 square foot rainforest pavilion that is home to over 2000 tropical butterflies!  This is a great place for families, schools, and businesses to come interact with exotic creatures and learn about the most diverse group of organisms in the world!  They will join us at Wyck on September 9 with their traveling education kit.


10am – 12noon – Colonial Candle-maker  - Learn how  beeswax candles were made in colonial times!

10:30 am   Bee Beard!  Don Shump, owner of the Philadelphia Beekeeping Company will create a beard of bees on his face!

11am – 1pm –  Sing-a-Long for all ages – provided by Lynn Mather, who will delight us with an English Concertina

11:00 am – All Mead Contest Entries must be submitted at the mead tent in the Rose Garden

11:00 am- 3:00 pm Ongoing Children’s Activities –  Join us in the shaded area close to the carriage house for educational and fun BEE activities!  While supplies last, enjoy complimentary organic Animal Cookies from festival sponsor Whole Foods.

11:30 am Honey Extraction – How Do You Get the Honey Away From the Bees? Watch as honey is taken from the honey comb.  (in the Educational Building)

12:00 pm- 4:00 pm – The Mead Tent is Open and the Experts are In! Join Honey Festival Sponsors Colony Meadery and  Philly Home Brew as they:

  • Sample mead
  • Share how to make meadcredit Sarah Plonski_1
  • Judge the mead contest

Also in the Mead Tent will be  Young American Hard Ciders!

12 noon:  Mead Making Demonstration!

12:30 pm Open Hive Talk – What’s Going On In There?  Join us at the bee hives by the greenhouse to take a look inside a hive!

1:00 pm  Keynote Speaker : Dion Lerman* will present a talk entitled:  Keeping the Critters Down: Integrated Pest Management for Everyone. This workshop will introduce Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an effective and economical process that minimizes the use of pesticides and emphasizes prevention. IPM is used successfully on farms, in gardens, and in homes. This session will focus on homes, and control of common pests, while protecting the health of people (especially children), pets, and the rest of the planet.

2:00 pm  Honey Extraction – How Do You Get the Honey Away From the Bees? Watch as honey is taken from the honey comb (in the Educational Building).

3:30 pm Open Hive Talk – What’s Going On In There?  Join us at the bee hives by the greenhouses to take a look inside a hive!

Venue Coordinator:  Jennifer Carlson, Executive Director,  215-848-1690

*Dion Lerman is the Environmental Health Programs Specialist for the Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management program, an autonomous grant funded program housed within Penn State Extension. Since 2007, he has conducted outreach, education, and research on improving pest management efficacy and safety in lowincome, ethnically diverse communities in the Philadelphia area. He is an Associate Certified Entomologist and a licensed pesticide applicator. Dion leads Healthy Homes and IPM trainings for residents, property managers, childcare providers (he is PQAS Certified) and schools, pest control operators, and others across the region and nation. He has worked in adult continuing education for Drexel University, taught for Fairleigh-Dickinson University; and provided career training for homeless mothers, and for ex-offenders in Philadelphia. Dion has a Masters of Public Health, and a B.S. in Hospitality Management, both from Drexel University.