The 5th Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival at Wyck!

September 6, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
6026 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Bob McKee

The Philadelphia Honey Festival – View Full 3-day Honey Festival Schedule Here!
Saturday, September 6, 2014 at WYCK

The Philadelphia Honey Festival is a 3-day event that takes place at three National Historic Landmarks throughout Philadelphia. Join us for three days of fun!

Friday, September 5, 2014: The Wagner Free Institute of Science, Honey Happy Hour, 5-7PM
Saturday, September 6, 2014: Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm, 10am-4pm
Sunday, September 7, 2014: Bartram’s Gardens, 10am-4pm

Wyck Festival Sponsors:
Weaver’s Way Coop, Primex Gardens, Door-to-Door Organics, Temple University School of Environmental Design, Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild

Food: FarmTruck, Just Jackie’s FoodTruck, Down Dog Healing Cafe, and Little Jimmie’s Coffee Roasters and Bake Shop

1. Historic Germantown
2. Wyck
3. Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild
4. The Colony Meadery
5. Whole Foods
6. Longwood Gardens

Music: G-Town Radio broadcasting LIVE

10:00 am – 4:00 pm House Museum Open

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Children’s Activties! Waggle Dance, Beeswax Candles, Build your Bee Antenna, Visit the Wyck Chicks, and Pickles the Rooster, Wander the Farm, Enjoy a Story, Take your picture as the Queen Bee!

10:30am- Open Hive Demonstration- What’s Going on in there!? (take a peek!)

11:30am- Honey Extraction- How Do You Get the Honey Away From the Bees?

12:00pm-4:00pm Mead-Making Intro, Tasting, and Sharing in the Rose garden

The Colony Meadery

Hosted by The Colony Meadery
View Mead Event Details Here

Register your home brews at Wyck before 11am on 9/6 or Drop Off ahead of the festival at:
Wyck: Friday 9/5 10am-4pm, Saturday 9/6 by 11am
The Colony Meadery or Malt House LTD. during regular business hours.

In the Garden: Ages 21+
Philly Homebrew Outlet
The Colony Meadery: Commercial Mead Sales
Malt House LTD.: LIVE brewing Honey Beer and Sampling
Tired Hands Brewing

 12:00pm- Jon McGoran, Jon McGoran is the author of the ecological thrillers Drift, and its newly released sequel, Deadout, which takes a chilling look at the world of GMOs, biotechnology and the disappearance of the bees. McGoran has been writing about food and sustainability for twenty years, as communication director at Weavers Way Co-op and editor of The Shuttle newspaper, and later as editor at Grid magazine. He is also an advocate for urban agriculture, cooperative development and labeling of genetically engineered foods. His short fiction, nonfiction and satire have appeared in numerous publications. Writing as D. H. Dublin, he is also author of the forensic thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison and Freezer Burn. Visit him at

12:30pm- Open Hive Demonstration- What’s Going on in there!? (take a peek!)

1:00pm-1:30pm The Sweet Honey Bee n’ Da Dirt Dabba Wasp with Nana Feather and Brother Fitz

1:00pm- Junior Beekeepers Panel: Junior Beekeepers: Listen to these young beekeepers share why they became interested in keeping bees and what is their favorite and least favorite part!

 2:00pm- Alison Gillespie, “Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World”
HIVES IN THE CITY (Talk overview) All over North America, honey bees are faltering from myriad problems. Interestingly, news about their struggles has caused the emergence of a new kind of beekeeper, one who is often young, female, and seeking to provide honey bees a safe home in the city.  Author Alison Gillespie spent a year following urban beekeepers in the urban core of the Mid-Atlantic, and then wrote about the experience in her book Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World.  In many surprising “unnatural” locations, the bees form an important link for people to the natural world, and the people who tend to city hives are often as interesting as the bees themselves. This talk will include an overview of the current research on Colony Collapse Disorder and ways that all of us – even those who don’t keep bees – can help these important creatures thrive in any location.

 2:30pm- Honey Extraction: How Do You Get the Honey Away From the Bees?

3:00pm- Bee Bearding with Don Shump, Proprietor of the Philadelphia Bee Co. You have to see it to believe it!

3:30pm- Open Hive Demonstration- What’s Going on in there!? (take a peek!)

Marketplace: Southlawn

Wyck Home Farm: Katie: Produce, Flowers and Roses
Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild:
Honey Sales, T-shirts, and Education, Honey Tastings

LSDREW Graphics: Bee shirts
Instar Apiaries & Dawn Reid: variety of natural products, Local Honey
Shady Apple Goats
Philadelphia Orchard Project
Door to Door Organics
Weavers Way Coop
Primex Gardens
Temple University School of Environmental Design
Whole Foods
Gina Greunberg: Henna Tattoo Artist
Flowerdelphia: Sarah Plonski
Jon McGoran: Deadout, author
Alison Gillsepie: Hives in the City, author
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia
The Longwood Garden Fellows Graduate Program
Settlement Music School
Truly Pure and Natural

 Thank you to our Wyck Behind the Fence Festival Sponsors!

Special Thanks to Whole Foods, GRID Magazine, and the Colony Meadery for their sponsorship of the 5th Annual Honey Festival!

HF sponsor JPG