Honey pot

For people still stuck on the magic that was the Oregon Coast Honey Lovers Festival, this Saturday, Feb. 9, brings sweet news indeed as the event returns to Yachats for its second year.

As well as offering the chance to taste a variety of locally produced honeys and meads, the event invites guests to learn about attracting pollinators to the garden, beekeeping, bee species and behaviors and more.

The festival includes speakers, displays, vendors, children’s puppet shows, honey-themed dishes and beverages, and a host of goods and crafts about town.

Presentations will include “The Roles of Native Bees in Pollination of Native Plant Communities” by Dr. David Gordon; “The Weird and Wonderful Bees of Oregon” by Dr. Sarah Kincaid; “Honey Bees: Insights on Some Fascinating Bee Behaviors and the Africanized Bee” by Dr. Ramesh Sagili; “Designing a Pollinator Garden” by Andrea Shonnard; and “The Medicinal Properties of Honey” by Fred Selby.

Dr. David Gordon will also create a buzz by demonstrating bee behavior in an Oregon Coast Bee Display.

Guests will be able to browse booths from vendors including Shonnard’s Nursery, Central Coast Beekeepers Association, Lane County Beekeepers Association, The Pollinator Restoration Project, Mushroom People’s Honey, Honey Tree Apiaries, JW Merc, Nectar Creek, Mercer Ridge Farm Honey Products, Beekeepers Carpenter, Valkyrie Long Hives, Mountain Rose Herbs and Sundial Arts Eco-Apparel and Friends.

The family-friendly event will also feature two special puppet presentations on honeybees presented by Penny’s Puppet Productions. In addition, many local merchants and restaurants throughout Yachats will participate in the honey and pollinator theme, offering chef’s specials and a variety of beautiful products.

The Oregon Coast Honey Lovers Festival will run from 10 am to 4 pm at the Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy. 101 N. Admission is $5 per person, but free for children aged 12 years and younger.

For more information, go to yachats.org.

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