2018 Saturday Sep. 8

Saturday, September 8, 2017 10:00am-4:00pm
Wyck Historic House | Garden | Farm
6026 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144

10 am- 4 pm Ongoing Activities:

  • Tour Wyck House – Learn about the Quaker family who called Wyck home for nine generations.  Admission is FREE!
  • 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.  Vendor list is growing, and will be posted in the near future. 
  • Famous Philly Food Trucks on site: work in progress, check back soon.

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!

The Honey Festival will be held rain or shine, however some of the following activities are weather permitting.  Check final schedule before you come.

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 The Plague of the Spotted Lantern Fly – Kirk Wattles, Street Tree Maintenance Div., City of Philadelphia

11:15 am Healthy City – Urban Habitat:  Abundant wild nature in the city is good for us! With Helena van Vliet (American Institute of Architects, BioPhilly founding member, Biophilic Cities steering committee), let’s explore the deep connection between human health and urban biodiversity.  She will 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 Rose Garden – MEAD Tent Event Schedule                      

12:00pm-1:00pm – 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)

12:00pm-4:00pm Sampling  Colony Meadery’s extensive selection of locally made meads, Taste Testing with Philly Homebrew Outlet, one source for all your honey home brewing needs. (ID required for entrance to the Mead tent.)

12:30 pm Open Hive Talk – What’s Going On In There?  Join us at the beehives by the greenhouses to watch and learn from the beekeeper

12:45 pm The Plague of the Spotted Lantern Fly – Kirk Wattles, Street Tree Maintenance Div., City of Philadelphia

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! – someone crazy (that would be Don Shump of Philadelphia Bee Company) will create a beard of bees on his face!

3:00 pm The Role of Bees (& Beekeepers) in an Urban Ecology – Doug Sponsler, 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”

Venue Coordinator:  Jennifer Carlson  jcarlson@wyck.org  215-848-1690

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