Ashland Elks Lodge, 255 E Main Street
Celebrating honey in all its forms and uses as well as teaching people about pollinators and beekeeping and its many intricacies, the flavor-laden Oregon Honey Festival assembles an eclectic and interesting collection of speakers, environmentally oriented nonprofits, crafters, exhibitors, and vendors at the historic Ashland Elks Lodge for a full day of sampling and learning about everything from craft honey in countless iterations to mead and other beverages in which honey is a key ingredient.
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Each year, a dozen or so beekeepers offer a wide range of honey for sampling and purchase. Other vendors specialize in gourmet cheese, chocolates, and other goodies, along with all the accoutrements of beekeeping such as beehives created from different types of wood. Backyard and small-scale beekeeping
Nectar Creek meads are among the wonderful Oregon products highlighted at the Oregon Honey (& Mead) Festival is an exciting way for families to develop an understanding of the natural environment and learn how to keep it healthy. Mead, an ancient, healthful fermented beverage, is a popular component of the event, with a who’s who of Oregon producers sampling their delectable creations at the event.
The festival also includes a wide variety of educational activities, guest speakers, kids activities, live music, and more. Beekeeping associations have also participated, including experts from Klamath Basin Beekeepers Association, Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association, and Oregon State Beekeepers Association speaking on a variety of topics alongside authors, educators, and other bee and honey experts. Conservation is a critical component of the festival because some bee populations are in serious decline worldwide and many populations face a variety of environmental threats.
Tickets to the festival, available in advance (see festival website) and at the door, are modestly priced and include all the activities and events; children under 8 years old are admitted free. Downtown Ashland offers many great activities and eateries and the surrounding countryside is rich in opportunities for wine tasting, hiking, and other pursuits. Held during high summer, the Oregon Honey (& Mead) Festival is the perfect event to anchor a long weekend visiting Southern Oregon. Lodging options are numerous. The festival is hosted by Cascade Girl Organization, an educationally oriented, nonprofit organization supporting conservation and sustainable beekeeping practices, in cooperation with Ashland Parks and Recreation Department.
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