Have you ever wanted to experience the different tastes of locally sourced honey? This might be the perfect opportunity. Come and celebrate National Honeybee Day with this fun honey tasting event in Fort Pierce. The UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County, in conjunction with St. Lucie County Code Compliance and the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center, will be conducting a “Honey Tasting Event” on Friday August 18, 2023 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM. This event will be hosted by UF/IFAS Natural Resources Extension Agent Ken Gioeli, Kate Rotindo, Urban Horticulture Extension Agent, and Dr. Nicole Quinn, Assistant Professor specializing in Entomology and Nematology.
It might surprise you to know honey bees are not actually native to Florida. They originated from Europe but many of our most important crops benefit from bee pollination. Pollination occurs when bees forage for nectar on a variety of flowers. Along the way, they pick up pollen on their bodies and carry the pollen from one flower to another. We rely on them to pollinate some of our most important crops including citrus, avocado, watermelon, mangoes and much more. From an environmental perspective, our native flowering trees and wildflowers greatly benefit from bee pollination. Flavors of honey vary greatly depending on the flowers the bees visit. Locally sourced orange blossom honey is a delicacy with a distinctive delicious taste.
This event will be conducted in the St. Lucie County Code Compliance Conference Room, 2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. This conference room is located on the 2nd Floor. Extension programs are open to all persons without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, sex, age, disability, religion, or national origin. People seeking accommodation can make requests two weeks prior to start of the event.
What: Celebrate National Honeybee Day with a Honey Tasting in Fort Pierce
Hosts: Ken Gioeli and Kate Rotindo,UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County; Dr. Nicole Quinn, UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center
When: August 18, 2023 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Where: St. Lucie County Code Compliance Conference Room (2nd Floor), 2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce
Registration: Not Required.
Cost: Free of charge
Resources are available in the blog below “Celebrate National Honeybee Day” which contains video clips and other information from the 2022 activities.