Honey Beer and Food Trucks at Philadelphia Honey Fest
By Danya Henninger
September 5, 2013
The fourth annual Philadelphia Honey Festival runs Friday-Sunday, September 6-8, and if you love bees or the sweet nectar they produce, you’ll want to get in on some of the free fun organizers have planned.
Friday’s events take place at the Wagner Free Institute of Science by the Temple campus, and starts with several interactive talks and movie screenings about bees and honey. These are good for both kids and adults, and you can pre-register (for free) via e-mail. At 5 PM, however, things get more grown up with the Honey Happy Hour, featuring honey-brewed beer by Earth Bread + Brewery and others. Snacks are being provided by Whole Foods, and there will be honey popsicles by Lil’ Pop Shop. A donation of $5-$20 is optional; register here.
Saturday’s happenings are at the Wyck Historic House in Germantown, and a slate of free classes includes how-tos on meadmaking, honey extraction and how to plant a bee-friendly garden. There’s a mead and honey beer tasting at 1 PM, and if you stick around til 3 PM, you can see Don Shump of the Philadelphia Bee Company allow a colony of honey bees to cover his chin in a living beard. Something to see. Food trucks will be on-site during lunch to provide alternatives to slurping honey all day.
Sunday the party shifts to Bartram’s Garden in Fairmount Park, with an all-day plant sale, a family-friendly “be a bee” pageant and a reprise of Don Shump’s crazy bee beard. In addition to hands-on honey extraction lessons, there will be a mead and honey beer class and tasting, and Guerrilla Ultima, Local 215 and Little Baby’s Ice Cream will be on site to provide lunch. Sweet.