The Croydon Honey Show is our annual celebration of bees and beekeeping and will be held this year on Saturday 17th September at The Selsdon Community Centre (in the Sainsbury’s building), 132 Addington Road, Selsdon, CR2 8LA. There is ample parking available in the Sainsbury’s car park and on Old Farleigh Road.
All are welcome
Visitors will be made very welcome – come and look at produce of the hive, see live bees in our observation hive, enter our children’s colouring competition, learn about bees, and eat cake. We can’t promise as it is a natural product subject to seasonal availability but there should be honey available to buy at the show.
Honey Show competition
Another important part of the show is entry into the various classes in the competition. The classes are as follows:
- Two 1lb jars of Light Honey.
- Two 1lb jars of Medium Honey.
- Two 1lb jars of Dark Honey.
- Two 1lb jars of Set Honey (Crystallised or Creamed).
- Two 1lb jars of Chunk Honey.
- Novice Class. One 1lb jar of clear honey, light, medium or dark, or one 1lb jar of crystallised honey, natural or creamed.
- Six matching jars of identical honey labelled as for sale. Rules 5 & 7 do not apply.
- Two similar containers of Cut Comb – each approximately 8ozs.
- One Comb of honey suitable for extraction.
- Heaviest Frame. A shallow BS frame, weight is the only criterion. Note that the winning frame may be marked so that it cannot be used in the following year. Showcases are not required.
- One cake of Beeswax weighing between 7ozs and 9ozs.
- Six 1oz/28g blocks of Beeswax matching in all respects.
- One 75cl bottle of Mead or honey based wine – dry.
- One 75cl bottle of Mead or honey based wine – sweet.
- Honey beer or braggot, two bottles, minimum 330ml.
- One pair of Beeswax Candles – dipped. One candle will be lit by the judge.
- One pair of Beeswax Candles – rolled. One candle will be lit by the judge.
- One pair of Beeswax Candles – moulded. One candle will be lit by the judge.
- Honey Cake. Recipe: 7oz self-raising flour, 6oz honey, 4oz butter, 2 eggs, 6oz sultanas, 4oz glace cherries. Method: Cream butter and honey, beat eggs and add flour then fold in cherries and sultanas. A little milk can be added if necessary. Bake in a buttered 6 1⁄2″ to 7 1⁄2″ diameter circular tin for approximately 1 1⁄4 hours in a moderate oven.
- Six Honey Flapjacks. Recipe: 7oz butter, 7oz demerara sugar, 7oz honey, 14oz porridge oats, 2oz dried fruit. Method: Heat butter, sugar and honey. Add oats and fruit and mix well. Place in greased Swiss roll tin and spread to about 2cm thick. Bake at gas mark 4/350F/180C for 15-20 minutes. Cool in tin, then turn out and cut into squares.
- Honey Sweets or Chocolates. 1lb/454g. Recipe must be provided.
- Honey Preserve/Jam. One 1lb jar. Made with any recipe but using half sugar and half honey. Recipe must be provided with exhibit.
- Honey Chutney. One 1lb jar. Made with any recipe but using half sugar and half honey. Recipe must be provided with exhibit.
Art and Crafts
- Handicrafts. Any craft or art work related to beekeeping. Must be exhibitor’s own work.
- Greetings Card. Design for a Birthday card for a beekeeper.
- Honey Jar Label. A design for a label not exceeding A4 in size. Weight to be stated in Metric and Imperial units and the characters must be at least 4mm high when reduced to honey label size. The design must not have been entered previously in a Croydon Divisional Honey Show.
- General Interest Display. Anything which is unusual, original, novel or of general interest to do with beekeeping.
- Photography. Must be exhibitor’s own work and related to beekeeping but not a close- up.
- Photography. Colour print, close-up or macro, must be exhibitor’s own work and related to beekeeping.
A PDF document of the classes can be downloaded by clicking here. A list of the rules is coming soon. This year’s judge is Bill Fisher.