Sweet Honey Festival in Parry Sound
Sep 26, 2017 | Laura Peddie, West Parry Sound Campus
Canadore’s West Parry Sound Campus was abuzz on Saturday afternoon with almost 200 people attending the Sweet Honey Festival. The Festival was in celebration of the campus’ Parry Sound and Area Community Apiary. The Apiary contains four hives and was established in Spring 2016.
Participants at the Sweet Honey Festival had the opportunity to explore different stations at their leisure. In the honey tasting room, there were over 30 varieties of honey for sampling, some from as far away as Israel and India and some locally harvested honey from our own community. A Festival favourite was the honey pairing station where honey from the Apiary was paired with a variety of cheeses and an assortment of VQA Ontario wines, beer, and mead. Our amateur connoisseurs were surprised by how much honey can change the taste of their beverage and bring out different flavor notes. There was also the opportunity for adults and children to get their hands dirty and make “seed balls”. Seed balls consistent of soil, clay, and native wildflower seeds that will honeybees who help to maintain healthy habitats and ecosystems. A visit to the Festival was incomplete without the chance to see just how honey goes from the hive to the bottle, with tours in the Apiary and a honey extraction demonstration.
We are grateful for the support from the Town of Parry Sound, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, Crofters Organic, Innisfil Creek Honey, Trestle Brewing, and the Parry Sound/Muskoka Beekeeping Association who made the event possible.