Honiton Show 2019 – Bees and Honey Competition
The Honiton Show
Thursday 1st August 2019
Set in the beautiful East Devon countryside The Honiton Show is one of the highlights of the Devon County summer calendar, and is just a little over a month away. It’s time for members of the Devon Beekeepers Association to gather honey crops, hone their baking skills, and dust off their artistic licence to enter the wide choice of Bees & Honey competitions available.
In 2018 we received a superb 147 competition entries from across the region. DBKA members from Tavistock & Torbay to Tiverton, and Newton Abbot to East Devon all showcased their efforts and carried off the trophies, prize monies and points awarded towards their branch total for the day. Exeter Branch topped the points table in 2018, and this year we’ve introduced a new cup to award to the branch achieving the highest points total in 2019.
Please do take a look at the Show Schedule attached and use the Entry Form to take part in as many Competition Classes as you wish. No past experience required, and you don’t even need bees or honey as there are sections for Photography, Cookery, Mead, Wax and Art/Sculpture. There is also a cupcake decorating competition for our children, and a ‘Bee Creative’ class for invited schools.
I’ve attached a Honey Sales form. If you have honey, or bee related products to sell then The Show is the ideal place to trade your wares.
Please do join us on 1st August for a great day out. As well as the competitions we have candle rolling, observational hives with lots of information and experts on hand to provide knowledgeable advice and guidance.
I very much look forward to seeing you at the show, or at least marvelling at your competition entries if you can’t make it on the day.
Mike Walters, Competitions Secretary at the 129th Honiton Show
Report of Honiton Show 2018 – Bees and Honey Marquee
The 128th Honiton Agricultural Show held on the customary first Thursday in August was another great day. Setting up the Bees and Honey marquee, jointly organised by Exeter and East Devon Branches of Devon Beekeepers’ Association on Wednesday, 1st August, was very warm, but the actual day was scorching inside the marquee.
146 entries for the competition came from 6 different branches enabling the Honey Judges, Mrs Margaret Davies and Mr Jack Mummery, to award the coveted Blue Ribbon for the Best Exhibit in Show to Mick Street from Exeter for his frame of honey, ready for extraction.
Other awards included:
The Fred Barratt Shield for highest points in the honey classes – Robert Blackmore (Tavistock)
The Basil Salter Wax Challenge Cup – Robert Blackmore (Tavistock)
The Griffin Cup (composite entry) – Brahim Meraga (Tiverton)
The Robin Kirkcaldie Memorial Cup for honey from a Novice – Richard Croft (East Devon)
The Uplyme Cup for cookery – Sue Sturdy (Exeter)
The Honiton Show Cup for highest points in all classes – Sylvia Guest (Exeter)
As usual Mr David Beazley of Exeter College carried out some excellent judging of the Cookery Classes.
Unfortunately there were few entries from Novice Beekeepers. There is nothing to fear and entering your products is an excellent way of learning from other beekeepers and the experienced judges what requirements must be met when producing and selling your products.
For the first time for many years Mick Male was unable to display his skep making skills. Imogen Hallam had long queues waiting for her beautiful face painting of bees, and all the usual observation hives, information stand, honey sales, candle rolling and Taste of Honey were well attended.
East Devon and Tiverton provided their latest displays and answered plenty of queries from the public. St Bridgets Nursery, Exeter, supplied four attractive displays of bee-friendly plants.
David Robinson, Managing Director of Sutton Seeds and National Beekeeping Supplies presented the prizes. Sutton Seeds also had a stall with some of their beekeeping products and experienced staff, who were giving good advice to all. They had very generously donated prizes to the three children’s classes, which were much appreciated by the recipients.
There were 40 entries for the children’s Bee Creative classes, and at least two of the winners visited the Show. We need more beekeepers going into schools to enthuse children or visiting Cubs, Brownies or other groups. Provided that teachers are alerted at an early stage they can allocate sufficient time for the children to produce the posters or mobiles and enter the competition. It is an excellent way to educate and encourage children to the world of beekeeping.
Grateful thanks go to the hard-working Committee and all the volunteer stewards who make the event possible.
Prize winners in all the competition classes can be found HERE (PDF sheet)
Some of the entries in the photography class
Class 8 – six identical jars of honey
David Beazley, cookery judge, hard at work
Helping the children roll their own candle
The Taste of Honey team
Colin Sherwood at the demonstration hive
Margaret Davies, honey judge, at work
Entries in the honey cookery competition
The honey competition entries
Sylvia in charge of honey sales
First prize for Mike Walters
Ann advertising the Bees and Honey marquee
David Robinson, Managing Director of Sutton Seeds & National Beekeeping Supplies, at the prize giving
Sue Sturdy receiving the Uplyme Cup
Sylvia Guest takes home the Honiton Show Cup
Mick Street wins the BBKA Blue Ribbon award for best entry in show
Robert Blackmore with the Fred Barratt shield
Robert Blackmore again with the Basil Salter Wax Challenge Cup