Honey Dining Trail starting July 27th! Follow this link for more info.
Find Festival Schedule here. Please note schedule and events may change due to circumstances beyond our control.
National Mead Day recognized with Mead Tasting.
Honey Festival Quick Facts
- Aug. 1st 2015 9am - 5pm Open to the public.
- Harvey Kern Pavilion on Weiss St (Heritage Park) Frankenmuth, Mi
- Location on map.
- Entry Fee: Adults 14/up $5 Includes entry to festival, speakers, & demonstrations. Extra fees may apply Check events page
- Children 14/under free.
- Speakers/Presenters Click here for schedule
- See lineup below
- Right to Farm Act. Find out what your rights are!
- Plants for pollinators. Something everyone can do, beekeeper or not!
- National Wildlife Refuge stand on honeybees and native bees
- Mead Making. It's all about the honey!
- Cooking with honey. Samples available to try!
- Special Honey Tasting presentation by one of the top Honey Connoisseurs in the Nation!
- Live bee hive opened (safely inside a screen house) for examination.
- Honey Extraction. Watch as this "liquid gold" is spun out of the frames ready to taste!
- Join in a honey tasting demo!
- Learn all about making mead!
- Test drive a Hummerbee!
- Misc. activities
- Find out what plants will attract pollinators.
- Start your own hive with advise from local beekeepers!
- Children's activities all day!
- DRAWINGS EVERY HOUR! Master Gardeners love to give away stuff! Must be present to win.
- Not into beekeeping? Doesn't matter, there is something for everyone, Homesteaders, Gardeners, Retirees, Farmers, EVERYONE!
- Learn about the law called the Right to Farm Act, and what it means to you as a small farm or farm operation!
- Honey & product from the hive for sale!
- Every kind of beekeeping equipment for sale. Stock up on extra hive parts and glassware!
- We will have a honey sampling table with a sample from every honey vendor on hand for you to compare!
- LOTS OF FLOWERS & PLANTS FOR SALE!
- Soaps, Lotions, Oils, Honey Bee Shirts, Hats, etc. all for sale.
- Find a local beekeeper that you can purchase honey from. Pure Michigan Honey!
- Lots of vendors selling a wide variety of products not just beekeeping equipment!
- Accommodations: Several area hotels. Click here for the complete Frankenmuth listing of lodging in the area.
Things to do while in the Frankenmuth area can also be found here. Spend the day at the Festival, but spend the entire weekend in Frankenmuth. You will find out why Frankenmuth is the second most visited tourist spot in Michigan
The Michigan Honey Festival would like to express their sincerest thanks to the many fine businesses, bee clubs, and individuals for their continued support. Without your generosity we could not continue our mission of education. Thank you!
Please go to our sponsor page, patronize these businesses, & most of all, thank them for their support!
Lineup of Speakers/Presenters. Times T.B.D.
Marina Marchese: Speaking on the fine art of honey tasting/paring. See write up on this page. We will also have her books to sell and get signed! Can't miss this special presentation! See more about Marina in the writeup on this page.
Clay Ottoni: Attorney & President of S.E.M.B.A. will speak on the Right to Farm Act and G.A.A.M.P.S. This affects not only beekeepers, but all of us who have farms or farm operations. DON'T MISS THIS!!! This can be one of the most valuable learning tool for everyone!
Lionel Grant: From the U.S.F.W.S. Shiawasse Refuge talking on native pollinators. We all talk about honeybees, but our native pollinators are also struggling to exist. Listen in on someone closely attached to our natives
Chef Demo: Victoria Connolly of Victoria's Delights in Oxford Mi. will be tempting our taste buds with a recipe! Hopefully we will get leftovers to sample!
Wojo's Master Gardener: Wojo's greenhouse is back again this year with another beautiful display. They will be speaking on planting for pollinators. They will also be selling plants from their huge display inside the pavilion again this year!
A&O Forklift: One of our festival sponsors will have their HUMMER-BEE on display to show off how bigger bee operations can move hives with care and speed! You have to see this and put in your order for one at the show!
Davison Oddfellows: Serving up simple fare including their ever popular Deep Fried Pickles! If you have not tried them, you really need to!!! The OddFellows take all their proceeds and use it towards many projects each year such as sending kids to camp, support for senior citizens, United Nations Trip scholarships, & other local needs. Please patronize their food wagon & tell them thanks for all they do!
July: Fourth of July Parade in North Branch. Join the Michigan Honey Festival as we pull our float downtown and hand out flyers for the festival.
H.A.S. Bee Conference is in Albion this year.
Are Bees Deaf?
This has been a controversy for many years.In fact, it was part of a study by Aristotle as it was speculated there was more to the "bee dance" than meets the eye!
This article does a lot of explaining and shows the laboratory test that was done to prove one way or the other. Interesting reading!
Bloom Dates: We came across this really nice chart for flowers "bloom times" from Michigan Flower Farm.
This other chart comes from M.S.U. which shows the peak times.
Speaking of charts, here is another one that we came across that gets real detailed for our area. Called the Eastern Broadleaf Forrest Pollinator Guide
2015 Festival Speakers!
Marina Marchese well known Honey Sommelier & author of the Honey Connoisseur is excited to come to the 4th Annual Michigan Honey Festival in August. She brings her expertise as the only American to complete the training and be accepted into the Italian Registry of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey (L’Albo degli Esperti in Analisi sensoriale del Miele Read her bio here and plan on getting to the festival for this rare chance to listen to such an authority on honey tasting! We will have copies of her book for purchase & hopefully you can get her autograph on it as well!
Clay Ottoni to Speak at the Festival!
Attorney & President of S.E.M.B.A. (Southeast Michigan Beekeepers Association) Clay Ottoni will be at the Festival to speak on one of the most confusing laws affecting not only beekeepers, but anyone who farms or has a farm operation. Known as the "Right to Farm Act" & G.A.A.M.PS. (Generally Accepted Agricultural Practices) has been rewritten since the original version to help protect those with farming operations from nuisance lawsuits brought on mostly people who do not participate in the same life style.
This is an opportunity that you cannot afford to miss! You will be able to direct your questions to Clay during his informal presentation. So get your questions ready, & get ready to learn first hand for the price of the admission ticket to the festival!
U.S.Fish & Wildlife Service Presentation!
Lionel Grant from the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge will give a presentation on native pollinators and the struggles they are going through no different than our local honeybees.
A Chicago native, Lionel D. Grant serves as the Visitor Services Manager at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw, MI. Lionel has earned a B.S in Zoology and a M.S. in Forestry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. It was during his undergrad he started his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife as a Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern. His experience ignited his new-found passion that helped launch his placement in the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) during his graduate studies. Lionel has used his passion to engage youth in conservation while currently serving as the Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator for the State of Michigan.
Master Gardeners Back for the 4th Year!
Master Gardeners from several counties in Michigan are working to bring some color to the festival again this year!
New this year is the Butterfly Tent! Come and see another one of our beautiful pollinators & get a chance to feed them! Bring the camera and get plenty of pictures!
They are also planning on a special drawing each hour for plants and more! Save your entry ticket (must be present) to win!
Wojo's Greenhouse is Planting for Bees Again!
Wojo's is bringing their expertise to the Michigan Honey Festival again this year to speak planting for pollinators. This has been an extremely large amount of interest in setting aside areas for honeybees in the last few years. Even if you are not a beekeeper!