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Outbound: 2018 Honey Harvest Festival

On Saturday, October 6, and Sunday October 7, Masterson’s Garden Center & Aquatic Nursery will be hosting the 6th Annual Honey Harvest Festival. This is truly an exceptional festival for a number of reasons. Not only does it showcase a number of local makers – honey, mead, beeswax, lip balm, etc. – it also supports an industry that is more important than ever, where the environment is concerned. Local mead and honey makers, for example, are helping to preserve an industry that helps to support the honey bees that are having a tough time battling loss of habitat, insecticides, Colony Collapse Disorder, etc.

Come out to chat with local beekeepers about beekeeping, and honey harvesting or watch demonstrations on how to render beeswax or make lip balm.

In this day and age, we are so disconnected from nature, that a lot of people have forgotten where products like honey come from. If that is the case, then they surely don’t understand the process, which is another reason that this Honey Harvest Festival is such an incredible resource. Visitors to the festival will learn about beekeeping first hand. They will even get to attend a free Beekeeping 101 class. There will also be live demonstrations, information booths, gardening seminars, family activities, and a Honey Tasting Contest!

  • Have you ever thought about harvesting bees?
  • Do you miss the taste of fresh, raw honey?
  • Want to test out some handmade lip balms and skin creams?
  • Ever had a chance to taste test honey?

Intrigued? Then bee sure to attend the two-day festival. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a stroll through Masterson’s nursery yard, which is a certified wildlife habitat. There are so many reasons to go, from learning how you can help pollinators by planting native plants in your yard, to purchasing products that help to support local beekeepers.

Masterson’s Garden Center is located at 725 Olean Rd. in East Aurora, just south of historic Main Street. Visit Masterson’s’ website for more information and a schedule of events.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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