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The Good Food Awards will be opening on July 6th
This is the second year for the honey category. Last year, over 50 beekeepers from across the United States entered their honey for evaluation. Make sure yours is one of them this year.

  • Put July 6, 2015 (sometime in the afternoon) on your calendar
  • Go to the website:
  • Click on the ‘Honey’ link to read the NEW criteria (also listed below)
  • Click on Entrant Information to download a form.
This year’s Honey Committee, worked very hard to ensure that the best honey from America’s Beekeepers will be represented at this year’s awards. Using the Good Food Guidelines that the honey be: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced, the committee restructured the criteria. Members of the committee include: Amina Harris, chair of the committee and Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis; Emily Brown, owner of AZ Queen Bee and winner of a 2014 Good Food Award in Honey; Kim Flottum, Editor of Bee Culture Magazine; Marina Marchese, founder of the American Honey Tasting Society and co-author (with Kim) of The Honey Connoisseur and Mea McNeil, writer, beekeeper and organic farmer.
There are over 300 unique types of honey in the U.S. The Good Food Awards will showcase honeys most distinctive in clarity and depth of flavor, produced by beekeepers practicing good animal husbandry and social responsibility -- from rooftop urban hives to busy bees pollinating organic orchards and meadows filled with wildflowers. Awards will be given out in Liquid or Naturally Crystallized Honey, Creamed Honey, Comb, and Infused Honey subcategories.
In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, honey entries must meet the following criteria:
  • All honey must be the bona fide produce of the entrant’s own bees.
  • Harvested between August 2014 – August 2015.
  • Extracted with minimal heat (100°) and after extraction, not exposed to heat greater than 120°.
  • Strained and/or filtered to leave in pollen. 
  • If made with inclusions (such as fruit, alcohol and herbs):
    • That grow domestically, inclusions are locally sourced wherever possible; traceable; and grown without synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.
    • That are not grown domestically on a commercial scale; they are farm-direct, certified organic, or Fair Trade certified.
  • Produced in the USA.
By beekeepers who owned and/or managed the bees locally and extracted the honey, and:
  • Practice sustainable animal husbandry, including:
    • Not regularly relocating the hives major distances for pollination services.
    • Management of hives using minimal chemical interventions (e.g.  miticides, antibiotics, etc), and following prescribed application guidelines.
    • Feeding balanced nutrition when needed, with no high fructose corn syrup. 
    • Follow the suggested guidelines set by the Bee Informed Partnership
  • Practice social responsibility, including:
    • Engaging the community in education.
  • If staff is employed in tending the hives and harvesting the honey, they   are treated respectfully and given fair compensation. 
Additionally, honey entries must fit within one of the following subcategories:
  • Liquid
  • Crystallized
  • Comb
  • Infused


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