FRANKENMUTH — Mark your calendar for the sweetest day of the year. The 4th Annual Michigan Honey Festival returns this year to Frankenmuth on Saturday, Aug. 1
“Our goal is to get the general public to save our bees,” said Melissa Jaskiewicz, president of the Michigan Honey Festival, which has a mission to educate the public about the role the honeybee plays in our environment.
The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harvey Kern Pavilion and, along with plenty of learning opportunities, features hands-on fun, a number of vendors, a children’s area, Master Gardeners and more. Visitors will get a chance to see custom built bee hives, check out bees wax lotions, soaps and candles, join a local bee club, check out bee beard demonstrations, learn how to help honeybees, learn how to brew honey beer and much more including sampling many types of honey.
“People think in terms of honey tastes like honey and it’s not true,” Jaskiewicz said.
This year’s featured speaker is Marina Marchese. Among other things she is a well-known honey sommelier, author of the best-selling memoir, Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper and the designer behind Red Bee Honey. She is also the only American to complete the training and be accepted into the Italian Registry of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey.
Funds raised at the event go back into surrounding communities to help educate all ages on the honeybee. Money raised at the 2013 festival was donated to the Rolland-Warner Beekeeping Club in Lapeer. In 2014 money raised was given to Aquinas College’s newly-formed beekeeping group. This year money raised will go to Dexter Elementary School’s fifth grade class beekeeping club.
View Newspaper Group, publisher of this newspaper, is a proud to be the exclusive media sponsor of this year’s event. “View Newspaper Group always enjoys being a part of local, community events. The Michigan Honey Festival is especially great because it helps educate the community about our environment and provides a fun, family-friendly day of activities,” said Wes Smith, group publisher. “We encourage our readers to come out and enjoy this great event put on by community volunteers.”
Those interested are encouraged to visit www.michiganhoneyfestival.com often as new content is always being added. Tickets to the festival are $5 for ages 14 and up and free for those younger than 14. For more information, call 810-241-6308.
– Emily Caswell