I’m pretty sure many of you know about Canastota-based candle makers The Bee Man Candle Company. Based on a bunch of local write-ups, not to mention winning Martha Stewart’s American Made Audience Choice Award the small company is becoming a household name–and not just in CNY. On top of creating some of the finest 100% bees wax candles, the company will begin harvesting their own honey come Spring. They also providing education about both via Bee Man Education & Outreach. Head to Bee Man’s Canastota location Wednesday, February 6th for an evening of local honey tasting and more. It starts at 7:00 p.m.
The honey tasting brings together several varieties of mostly local honey. There will also be food and honey pairings and wine for guests. If you think honey is the stuff that comes in the bear-shaped container, this event will fix your thinking. Expect eight different varieties from around CNY, a few from northern Pennsylvania, and one from Florida. All of it is top quality, I recommend this event. You’ll also get a small look into the honey world and an education to go with the sweet samples.
I spoke with The Bee Man Candle Company founder Brian Howell (via Bee Man’s Facebook) who had this to share: “We buy our honey from local beekeepers for the most part. We have a few hives of our own and will be expanding our varieties of honey this Spring. All of the honey at the event will be local to NY and a couple in Northern PA, right near Binghamton (except Orange Blossom…that is from a NY beekeeper who overwinters in FL). All varieties will be available for sale by the jar!” Sounds good to me.
If you read my article on Lee’s Bees, you know how it works. When you’re talking local honey, the final product reflects the many miles of foraging space each hive covers. So depending on what sort of trees, flowers, plants, and other variables a region offers, honey can take on many different flavors but it always reflects the area. That’s what makes honey such a wonderful, varied, and unique product. Unlike the mixed hive, “mass-produced” stuff, local honey is usually single hive and because the hives are spread across CNY, you’ll never get the exact same flavor, tannins, sweetness, etc. It may be cold and colorless out there right now, but the taste of honey reminds us of the fairer seasons. The conclusion: eat more honey!
The Bee Man Candle Company Honey Tasting
Wednesday, February 6th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Bee Man Candle Company
410 East North Canal Street, Canastota (Directions)
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