First annual “Taste Of Honey” contest

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash

Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash

The Yellowstone Valley Beekeepers association (YVBK) is pleased to announce its first annual “Taste Of Honey” contest.  Local beekeeper from Billings and the Yellowstone Valley region will compete for the title of best honey, best cut comb and best honey related food.  The honey produced at the foot of the mountains in Columbus or Red Lodge tastes different from that created in an urban garden from Billings or farmland in Huntley.  The public is invited to come sample and vote for their favorite locally produced variety of honey.  YVBK is comprised of a group of fun loving, amateur beekeepers referred to as BEEKS.  

This is a group of people with variety of passions for keeping bees.  Some members interest in the honeybee has became a lifelong love for the little livestock.  Others had an entomological approach to study of Apis Mellifera (the western honeybee).  Many more beeks included beekeeping as part of an urban livestock addition to backyard gardens or hobby farms.  This season was a bumper year for many of our local beekeepers and now they all want to share bounty of their successful management of the superorganism called a hive.  

Just like way different varieties of grapes, hops and apples produce different types of wine,beer and cider, different varieties of tree and flower pollens produce differing tastes in honey.  So come learn about, taste and vote for your favorite variety of locally produce raw honey at the Last Chance Pub & Cider (sponsor of the event) on Tuesday evening, December 11th at 6:30pm

If anyone in media would like to see any working hives we can arrange in the days ahead of the “Taste of Honey” contest but the cold weather prevents opening any hive except those with an observation window.


There are three categories in the competition:

1.  Honey  1 lb - voting is open to the public and the winner will be determined by popular vote.  Sampling will be done with a one time use disposable spoon.  No double dipping please.  The color of honey is totally dependent on the nectar gathered by the bees. Some flower nectar results in a very light honey almost as clear as water. Other nectar gives a very-very dark honey, almost so dark that you cannot see through it. 

2.  Cut Comb 1 pc of 4 1/8'' x 4 1/8'' - voting is open to the public and the winner will be determined by popular vote.  This will be based on presentation, color of the honey condition of the comb.  Comb Honey is the most natural form of honey. When the bees make honey, they store it in beautiful, fresh, white wax which is built inside square or round plastic containers provided by the beekeeper in the hive. Comb honey is harvested just the way the bees have made it. No one has touched, filtered, melted, extracted, or processed the honey. Cut comb honey is similar in that it is also honey in the comb that has been cut out by the beekeeper in square, rectangles, or round pieces.

3.  Food - this category will be judged by a panel of "SO CALLED" experts, local community members and Chefs.  This will simply be the Chefs favorite. 


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check for more info. Find them on Facebook . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Monday, September 2, 2019
• Corinthian Lodge No. 72, AF&AM, first & third Monday, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple, Laurel Masonic Temple, 9900 Airport Road (except July-August)
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.


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