Posted by admin | Posted in Beekeeping, Bees, General | Posted on 26-10-2012
How was The National Honey Show 2012?
I have to say that there are times when I feel really glad that I became a beekeeper. Times like the London Honey Show a few weeks back and the event I attended today, The National Honey Show, are a joy. To be honest you couldn’t get two more different events but there are a vital part of the beekeeping calendar.
Whether you want to attend some valuable beekeeping discussions, go shopping for some new kit or simply have a look at some fantastic examples of the products that a hive can produce in the show itself, the National Honey Show is one event to attend at the end of the year when everything else in the beekeeping year.
It is interesting to seeing the contrast between the London Honey Show and the National Honey Show. For all that the former is relaxed, informal and fresh (if that makes sense) the National is the opposite. It is more formal, it is more stringent in its enteries (the London Honey Show classically lets honey entries enter if it is “honey” compared to the stringent entry criteria at the National Honey Show for example) and it just has the aura of old school Britishness.
I can see how it could be perceived as not moving with the times but, being a slight traditionalist, I sometimes like the formality and rules that govern the event. It is much like the tennis in my book. Would Wimbledon still have the same niche appeal if it forgot its routes and sometimes bucked the trend of the wider tennis world; I think not. The National Honey Show is an institution and though its formatcould be improved I think its core needs to stay.
Anyhow, it was a great day and lovely to meet up with old friends and to see that Beekeeping is waving a consistent wave of popularity.