Sunday’s festival will be the bee’s knees

ORGANISERS are putting the final touches to this Sunday’s inaugural Honeybee Festival at New Norfolk which they say will have something for everyone. Derwent Valley Beekeepers Association spokesperson Debra McArdle said everyone was invited to attend the festival at the New Norfolk Esplanade on February 11.

Beekeeper Debra McArdle tending to a hive.

“It’s not only for bee enthusiasts,” Ms McArdle said. “The festival is designed as a family day out with food, market stalls, entertainment and raffles,” she said.

“Naturally there will be lots of information on honey bees, various hives, beekeeping courses, honey tasting and much more. The festival is free to attend although a gold coin donation towards the Derwent Valley Beekeepers Association education van would be very much appreciated.”

Kicking off at 10am this Sunday, there will be an official opening and performance by the Derwent Valley Concert Band’s clarinet group. Lori Lakos, Leigh Slater, Peter Norris and Bob Newton will give talks during the day and the musical entertainment will include a local band, the clarinet group and the St Matthew’s Motet Choir.

Visitors can take a picnic or buy from the on-site vans. There will also be honey tasting, games and prizes, face painting, coffee, information and hives to view. The event ends at 2pm. For more information or to book a stall site, visit the Derwent Valley Beekeepers Association website or Facebook page.

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