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California Honey Festival
Wildflower Honey Competition is Open!
This is the chance for California beekeepers to showcase the bounty and beauty of their hives at the California Honey Contest--any wildflower honey, no comb honey this year around.

For more information about the contest, visit the Festival webpage: HERE

Deadline to submit an application is March 31, 2017.
Application Here
May 6th - California Honey Festival
Co-Sponsored by the Honey & Pollination Center!
Come the week of May 1st, Historic Downtown Woodland will be abuzz as it prepares for the free and family-friendly, inaugural California Honey Festival. Restaurants will offer creative and tasty honey centric menus through the week. Bars will offer a selection of mixed drinks with mead or honey and local breweries will have honey beers on tap.

California agriculture accounts for $21.6 billion in economic output, and honey bees are a crucial part of making California crops possible. The California Honey Festival’s mission is to promote honey, honey bees and their products, and beekeeping through this fun and unique educational platform.
The Bee Symposium is Back! May 7, 2017
Our third annual Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy will be hosted at the UC Davis Conference Center on Sunday, May 7, 2017, preceded by the first California Honey Festival in Woodland, CA on Saturday, May 6, 2017. This educational program is designed for beekeepers of all experience levels, including gardeners, farmers and anyone interested in the world of pollination and bees. In additional to our speakers there will be lobby displays featuring graduate student research posters, the latest in beekeeping equipment, books, honey, and much more.

This year, our lead speaker is Dr. Steve Sheppard, Thurber Professor of Apiculture and Chair of the Department of Entomology at Washington State University. Other speakers include Santiago Ramirez from the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis, Maj Rundlof from the Department of Biology from Lund University, and Margaret Lombard, CEO of the National Honey Board. Elina Niño, the Extension Apiculturist from the Department of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis, will be honoring the Apprentice-level students from the Master Beekeeper Program.

To apply to be a vendor, please email Liz Luu at
View the Tentative Agenda Here
Registration Opens on March 1, 2017!
Chocolate Honey Brulees
(from the National Honey Board)
  • 1 can (12 oz.) - evaporated milk
  • 1 cup - whole milk
  • 2 - eggs
  • 1/2 cup - honey
  • 1 Tablespoon - cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons - grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon - vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons - sugar
In a medium bowl, whisk together evaporated milk, milk and eggs until well-blended. Mix in honey, cocoa powder, orange peel and vanilla. Divide mixture evenly between 4 (3/4 to 1 cup capacity) oven-proof custard cups or ramekins. Place custard cups in a baking pan. Fill pan with boiling water to reach halfway up cups. Bake at 325°F 1 hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cups from baking pan and allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate custard cups until chilled, 4 hours or overnight. Before serving, sprinkle sugar evenly over tops of custards. Place cups under broiler; cook until sugar melts and caramelizes.
What's Happening at the Center?

April 18, 2017
World of Honey Tasting Series - International Honey Tasting

April 22, 2017
2017 Picnic Day

May 5-6, 2017
California Honey Festival (Woodland, CA)

May 7, 2017
2017 Bee Symposium

June 19-22, 2017
Advanced Mead Making
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Feast Photos - February 11, 2017
Thanks for everyone who attended the Feast dinner.
We had a fantastic time, and it would not have been as much fun without you!
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