On Saturday, February 17th, the first-ever Oregon Coast Honey Lovers Festival will be held at the Yachats Commons from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event will feature the opportunity to taste a variety of locally produced honeys and meads, as well as to learn about attracting pollinators to the garden, beekeeping and much more.
The festival includes speakers, displays, vendors, tastings, a children’s puppet show, information on beekeeping, pollinators, pollinator-friendly landscaping, special dishes and beverages featuring honey, and pollinator themed goods and crafts – about town.
Participants include representatives from Central Coast Beekeepers Association, The Oregon Bee Project, Pollinator Restoration Project, Shonnard’s Nursery, The Thyme Garden, Mushroom People’s Honey, Honey Tree Apiaries, J.W. Mercantile, Nectar Creek, Penny’s Puppet Productions, as well as a full schedule of presenters, including Dr. Andony Melathopoulos, OSU and Oregon Bee Project, and Dr. David Gordon, Emeritus Professor of Entomology, PSU.
Dr. Melathopoulos asks, “Did you know Oregon has over 500 species of bees, including four species that are actively managed in ingenious ways for crop pollination? We invite people to come to the festival to learn who these bees are and some of the weird and wonderful features of their lives.”
Intended as a family fun event, the Oregon Coast Honey Lovers Festival will have plenty for all ages to enjoy. There will be a children’s area, an observation hive, and a special puppet presentation on honeybees. In addition, many local merchants and restaurants throughout Yachats will participate in the honey and pollinator theme offering delicious dishes and a variety of products.
Below is the abbreviated schedule of events.