2019 Saturday Sep. 7

Saturday, September 7, 2019 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!
  • Music by G-town Radio and local musician, Lynn Mather
  • Vendor Market Place: Visit with local vendors and organizations selling honey & hive products, fine art, and hand-crafted goods.  Click here for the full list!
  • Philadelphia Food Truck:  Tot Cart

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Apple Cider Pressing (apples donated by Riverwards Produce and Weavers Way!)

11:00 am- 3:00 pm Ongoing Children’s Activities –  Join us in the shaded area close to the carriage house for Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavillion, Kids Craft with Colleen, Apple Cider Press, and more.

*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.

11:30 am Sam Comfort, “Swarm the State: A Stinging Past and Sweet Future”
sam comfort 2019

Beekeeping is changing all the time.  While commercial hives are becoming industrialized and dependent on chemicals, bees are still resilient and can thrive in natural systems.  The talk will describe both commercial queen production and how to sustain and grow your own healthy bees with simple methods that follow bee biology.

Sam Comfort grew up right outside of Philadelphia and worked for several years in commercial beekeeping across the country before starting Anarchy Apiaries in 2005.  Through breeding queens from hardy, treatment-free survivor stock and experimenting with methods and hive designs, the mission is to 1) make more beehives than there are televisions, and 2) have a good time, all the time (with bees).  Anarchy Apiaries runs approximately 1000 hives and 1500 mating nucs on the permaculture principal of minimal input; no treatments, minimal feeding, and do-it-yourself hive boxes in New York and Florida.  Through teaching self-contained, self-reliant beekeeping, Sam hopes to make it more affordable, approachable, and enjoyable, and thus bring the means of production back to the beekeeper.

12:00 noon Honey Extraction – How Do You Get the Honey Away From the Bees? Watch as honey is taken from the honeycomb and take a taste!

12:00 noon to 4:00 pm – The Rose Garden – Mead Tent and Honey Home Brew Challenge.  (ID required for entrance to the Mead tent.)

12:30 pm Sean Benjamin and Matt Shoemaker, “Introduction to Meadmaking”

mattseanHoneyFest2015In this presentation, Sean and Matt will walk through a brief history of mead before diving into everything you need to know to make your first batch at home.  Sean will walk you through the process step-by-step, demonstrating all of the equipment needed as we make a small batch right before your eyes!  In addition to the mead making equipment on display, you will get the opportunity to taste various meads and take home the information you need to get started.

Sean Benjamin started making mead in 2006.  At that time mead was difficult to find in stores and making it was a better option in his mind than ordering it from overseas.  Since then he has won several contest medals sponsored by WineMaker Magazine.  He has also taught mead making at the Philadelphia Honey Festival and other venues since 2013.
Matt Shoemaker has been keeping bees in Philadelphia since 2011, after falling in love with making mead and wanting a more rewarding way to access honey besides buying it.  Matt’s most recent bee-related venture was to create a board game, “Bee Lives: We Will Only Know Summer,” for game and bee enthusiasts to learn more about bee behavior in the Philadelphia region.  You can learn more about Matt and this game at www.beelivesgame.com or come and play it at the Honey Festival.

*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

1:30 pm Honey Extraction – See how the honey goes from the honeycomb to the jar through the “magic” of centrifugal force

*2:00 pm Bee Beard!  

2:00 – 2:45 pm Children’s Music with Lynn Mather in the Rose Garden

2:45 pm – 3:15pm  Carillon Concert

3:15 – 4:00 pm Children’s Music with Lynn Mather in the Rose Garden

*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:  Tess Frydman tfrydman@wyck.org  215-848-1690
Honey Fest is held rain or shine; activities  marked with * are weather-permitting.  In case of rain, the schedule may change.  Please check this website for last minute updates.

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