Bedfordshire Beekeepers Association Annual Honey Show 2019
to be held at
Woburn Abbey Gardens, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA
On Sunday 22nd September 2019
Entries must be received by 17th September 2019
TO BE UPDATED SOON. BELOW IS 2018 SCHEDULE
Judges: Mr Stephen Guest and Ms Fiona Dickson
30p per entry per class, except Class 14 (Gift Class) and Classes 25 – 27 (Junior classes): Free.
Entry fees can be paid on the day of the show.
Prizes: Best in show £20.00 and, if Blue Ribbon is awarded, free entries to following year’s show.
Open Classes (open to everyone):
- Two matching 454g (1lb) jars of light, medium or dark clear honey.
- One 454g (1lb) jar of any type of honey that will be judged on aroma & flavour alone. The honey can be unfiltered. The jars to be wrapped in aluminium foil (provided by the Show organisers).
- Honey Cake – Made according to recipe in schedule.
- 8 Honey Sweets. Either provide recipe (which must use honey) or use recipe in schedule for honey fudge.
Beds BKA Classes:
- Two 454g (1lb) jars of light clear honey.
- Two 454g (1lb) jars of medium clear honey.
- Two 454g (1lb) jars of dark clear honey.
- Two 454g (1lb) jars of creamed/soft set honey.
- Two 454 g (1lb) jars of naturally crystallised honey.
- Gift class: One 454g (1lb) jar of honey to be retained for distribution to a charitable organisation.
Label must be supplied for traceability. Label and tamper-proof will be put on after judging.
- Two 454g (1lb) jars of chunk honey. Should contain approximately 50% capped comb (containing liquid honey).
- Novice* class: Two 454g (1lb) jars of clear or creamed/crystallised honey.
- Six matching 454g (1lb) jars of honey (clear, naturally granulated, soft set or creamed)
- One piece of cut comb between 170 g (6 oz) and 227 g (8 oz) in weight.
- One shallow frame of honey suitable for extraction.
- Six matching beeswax blocks between 25g and 30g.
- Three matching beeswax candles (not rolled), displayed erect (one may be lit, at the judge’s discretion).
- One bottle of dry mead.
- One bottle of sweet mead.
- One bottle of wine based on honey – please provide details of other ingredients.
- Craft Display Class: Three different items which utilise bee products and show the skill of the exhibitor. Each to be displayed with a brief description.
- Craft Class: A practical item made or invented by the exhibitor directly related to bees, beekeeping, or bee products.
- Photographic Class: 5”x 7” print (film or straight digital) of bees or beekeeping.
- One photomicrograph or macro print 6”x 4” in colour or black and white subject honey bee anatomy or honeybee pests or diseases or pollen grains (brief description to be provided on an accompanying card)
- One Microscope slide 3”x 1” subject bee anatomy or pollen grains (brief description on slide label).
Junior Classes (Open to Junior Beds BKA members – age to be stated)
- Three Cupcakes to be decorated with a bee themed design
- One 454g (1lb) Jar of honey – entrant to have helped with the bees, extraction and bottling.
- A craft item with a bee theme.
- Six biscuits (made using honey) recipe to be displayed.
- One 454g (1lb) jar of honey marmalade, recipe to be displayed on card
- A Honey Label. A standard label of your own design, actual size, to fit on a standard 1lb jar produced in any medium to comply with current UK regulations to be displayed either flat or on an empty honey jar
- Any Interesting or Instructive Exhibit related to bees or beekeeping (NOT including live bees).
- Two Decorative Beeswax Candles, made by rolling, colouring permitted, matching in all respects. One may be lit at the Judge’s discretion. No flammable decoration other than beeswax permitted.
- A beeswax model.
- Decorated sponge with bee theme. Recipe to be displayed. May be cut at Judge’s discretion.
Rules for Bedfordshire Beekeepers Association Honey Show
The Show will be conducted in accordance with National Honey Show Rules. The following important points should be noted:
- Entries should be submitted as early as possible. All entries must be received by 17th September. Entrants will receive free entry to the gardens for the day of the show. Note: Entries can be adjusted up to 09.45 on the day of the show.
- No exhibits that have previously been awarded a first, second or third place at a Beds BKA honey show to be entered.
- The number of entries per class is not restricted, but exhibitors cannot receive more than one award in any one class.
- Honey should be in British Standard (BS 1777) 1lb squat jars having lacquered commercial pattern metal screw lids with flow-in plastic seal.
- BS 1656 grading glasses may be used to determine the colour of honey. A set will be available on the day.
- Cut comb to be displayed in a transparent lidded container.
- Wax may be exhibited polished or unpolished in a suitable container with a transparent lid or on a plate in an unsealed plastic bag.
- Biscuits to be placed on a white paper plate in unsealed plastic bag
- Cup Cakes to be placed on a white paper plate in unsealed plastic bag
- Candles should have label placed in front of exhibit on card provided, and one on a candle.
- Frames must be in undecorated bee proof cases – the full comb must be visible from both sides and be capable of being lifted out.
- Mead must be in clear colourless (750 ml (26 fl oz) approx) bottles without fluting or ornamentation, filled to within one inch of the bottom of the stopper which should be cork with a smooth white plastic flange (this item will be provided free of charge on the day of the show).
- All exhibited honey and wax, except candle class, should be the produce of the exhibitor’s own bees. All exhibits should be produced by the exhibitor.
- Labels will be issued on the day of the show unless otherwise requested.
- Exhibits must be staged either on Friday 21st September from 13.00 – 17.00 or on day of Show (Saturday 22nd September) between 0815hrs and 0945hrs at which time all exhibitors must leave the show area.
- No exhibits may be removed until after the awards presentation (~ 1630 hrs) on the day of the show.
* A novice is a member of the Association who has not won a 1st prize at any honey show run under National Honey Show rules.
- Honey – label (supplied) to be placed so that the bottom edge is 10 to 15 mm from the base of the jar.
- Class 2 honey to have a 3 labels placed on the lid of the jar, on the jar and on the outside of the foil.
- Frame – one label to be in the right top corner of the transparent face of the bee proof case and the other to be on the right of the top horizontal bar of the frame.
- Cut comb – one label in bottom right hand corner of the lid the other central on facing long side of the container.
- Wax – one label on the right top corner of the transparent face of the case or on plastic bag the other on the underside of a wax block.
- Candles should have label placed in front of exhibit on card provided, and one on a candle.
- Mead – label immediately below shoulder of bottle.
- Honey Wine – as for mead plus description of wine half way up bottle.
- Honey Cake – label on paper plate and plastic bag.
- Biscuits – label on paper plate and plastic bag.
- Cup Cakes – label on paper plate and plastic bag.
- Honey Sweets – label on paper plate and plastic bag.
- Photographic print – on reverse of photo or plastic display wallet.
- Photomicrograph or macro print – on reverse of photo or plastic display wallet.
- Microscope slide should have label and description placed in front of exhibit on card provided.
Honey cake (please note this is not National honey show recipe)
225g/8oz unsalted butter
250g/9oz clear honey plus about 2tbsp extra for glazing cake.
114g/4oz dark brown sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
280g/10oz self-raising flour
Preheat the oven to 160oC/Gas 3 (Fan 140oC/325oF).
- Butter and line a 20cm/8”round cake tin. Paper Cake liners may be used.
- Cut the butter and drop into a medium pan with the honey and sugar.
- Melt slowly over a low heat.
- When liquid, increase the heat under the pan and boil for about one minute. Leave to cool.
- Beat the eggs into the cooled honey mixture using a wooden spoon.
- Sift the flour into a large bowl and pour in the egg and honey mixture.
- Beat until you have a smooth batter.
- Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 mins – 1 hour until the cake is well risen, golden brown and springs back when pressed. You can also check it is cooked by inserting a wooden or metal skewer and it should come out clean.
- Turn the cake out onto a wire rack.
- Warm the 2 tablespoons of honey and brush over the top of the cake to glaze; then leave to cool.
Cake to be exhibited in an unsealed, transparent, plastic bag.
Honey Fudge (other sweets made using honey can be exhibited in this class if the recipe is shown)
340g (12 oz) Granulated sugar
285 ml (1/2 pint) fresh Milk,
57 g (2oz) Butter
114g (4 oz) Honey
- Put all the ingredients into a heavy-based pan.
- Bring to the boil, stirring all the time.
- Cover and boil for 2 minutes.
- Uncover and boil gently for about 15 minutes until ‘soft ball’ stage is reached, at 115°C (240°F), still stirring all the time (A little dropped into cold water will form a ‘soft ball’).
- Stand the pan on a cold surface for 5 minutes.
- Beat the mixture until it starts to thicken, then pour it quickly into a ready buttered tin.
- Mark out into squares as it cools and cut when cold.
- Eight pieces to be shown on a plate in an unsealed plastic bag.
If sweets other than honey fudge are to be shown they must be made using honey and 8 identical sweets should be shown on a plate in an unsealed plastic bag. The recipe should be provided on a card.
- The Lew Ellison Shield – awarded to the best exhibit in class 3, Honey Cake.
- The Don Waterhouse Trophy – awarded to the best exhibit in Class 8, Creamed or Soft set honey.
- The David Cook Trophy – awarded to the best exhibit in class 14, a shallow frame suitable for extraction.
- The Richard Sherwood Shield – awarded to the best exhibit in class 15, six matching beeswax blocks.
- The Jennings Craft Trophy – awarded to the best exhibit in class 19.
- The Ian Beaty Trophy – awarded to the best exhibit in class 20, for Three Craft Items.
- The Alan Sunman Cup – awarded to the best exhibit in class 22, Photographic Class.
- The Bill Inskip Trophy – is not awarded to any specific class. The Honey Show Secretary has decided that this year it will be awarded to the winner of Class 10, Gift Honey.
- The Linslade Cup – awarded to a novice* member of the Association gaining the most points in classes 5-24 inclusive.
- The Federation Cup – is awarded to the best exhibit in Class 12: 6 x 454g (1lb) matching jars of honey.
- The Jennings Junior Trophy – awarded to the junior member of the Association gaining most points (all classes included).
- The Jennings Senior Trophy – awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in classes 5-24 inclusive.
- The Wilf Ruff Shield – awarded to the District accumulating the most points in classes 5-24 inclusive.
- The National Honey Show Blue Ribbon and the Bedfordshire Cup – awarded for the best exhibit in the Show.
Non-members of Bedfordshire Beekeepers Association that win Trophy’s (open classes) will have their names engraved on Trophies, but will not be able keep the trophies at home. (They will be retained by show secretary)
Engraving of Awards
After the awards presentation please will all award winners please return their trophies to the Honey Show Secretary, so that they can be engraved. The awards will be returned to the winners as soon as possible after they have been engraved.
Best in Show – Special Blue Rosette
First – Red Rosette – Red Certificate
Second – Blue Rosette – Blue Certificate
Third – Yellow Rosette – Yellow Certificate
Highly Commended – Green Certificate
Bedfordshire are hosting the 2018 Federation Cup and winning exhibits from selected Beds BKA classes in the Honey Show may be chosen to represent Bedfordshire in the Federation Cup, that will be judged on the same day. If this is the case the exhibits will be moved and re-judged. Details of the Federation cup are shown below.
All personnel who will be staging exhibits for the Federation Cup must register in advance – by 17th September 2017 – with the Bedfordshire Honey Show Secretary or Entries Secretary to obtain free entry and details of how to access the venue.
Federation Cup: Competition rules
- There will be seven classes in the Federation Cup.
- In each class, five points will be awarded for the first prize, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth. Joint positioning (eg ‘equal first’) is not permitted.
- The winner of the cup will be the Member Association with the greatest number of points. In the event of a tie, the winner of the Cup will be the Member Association with the highest number of points for liquid honey.
- All exhibits shall be products of hives owned by the Member Association’s members, or by the Member Association itself, with the exception of wax for rolled candles, which may be purchased.
- Exhibits may bear marks of having been tested by a judge in one previous show: set honey may have a divot where it was sampled; one candle may be partially burned, the frame of honey may have a cell opened by the judge.
- The Federation Cup will be judged after all entries in the hosting show have been judged. The hosting Member Association may move entries from their own show into the Federation Cup after their own show has been judged. Prior to commencing judging the Federation Cup, the judge should confirm with the Member Association that any changes required have been made.
- No labels other than the identification labels for each class should be affixed to any exhibit.
Federation Cup Classes
- Two 454g (1lb) jars of light or medium liquid honey. The jars should match in all respects. Mould marks are not relevant. The jars and lids should be glass or plastic,with standard gold lacquered metal, or gold plastic screw tops or twist-offs. Labels shall be affixed on jars to allow between 10 and 15 mm between the bottom edge of the label and the bottom of the vessel.
- Two 454g (1lb) jars of naturally granulated or set (creamed) honey. The jars and lids should match in all respects. Mould marks are not relevant. The jars should be glass or plastic, with standard gold lacquered metal, or gold plastic screw tops or twistoffs. Labels shall be affixed on jars to allow between 10 and 15 mm between the bottom edge of the label and the bottom of the vessel.
- Two 454g (1lb) jars of chunk honey. The jars and lids should match in all respects. Mould marks are not relevant. The jars should be glass or plastic, with standard gold lacquered metal, or gold plastic screw tops or twist-offs. Labels shall be affixed on jars to allow between 10 and 15 mm between the bottom edge of the label and the bottom of the vessel. Chunk honey jars should contain approximately 50% capped comb containing liquid honey, i.e. one piece of comb which will just fit into the jar without damage and topped up with runny honey of a similar type.
- One frame of liquid honey capable of being extracted. Frames should be displayed in a glass case. Labels should be placed at the right top corner of the vertical transparent face of the case and a duplicate on the top of the horizontal bar of the frame or section.
- Three small blocks of wax, between 25g and 30g each. The three blocks should match in all respects. Wax may be exhibited polished or unpolished at the discretion of the exhibitor. Blocks should be placed on an A4 piece of card (to be supplied by the exhibitor). The label should be placed in a corner of the card.
- Two matching candles of any type. One candle may be lit by the judge. Labels should be affixed near to the base of the candle. Candles should be exhibited in candlesticks, if appropriate.
- One bottle of mead, metheglin or melomel. No alcohol may be added to Metheglin or Melomel, nor may alcohol or flavouring be added to Mead, but additions such as acids, nutrients and tannin may be used. Entries must be shown in clear, colourless glass, punted bottles of approximately 75cl (26 fl ounces) capacity, without lettering of any kind, capable of being opened without a corkscrew. Bottles with shallow punts are acceptable, as are screw-cap bottles. Melomel or metheglin should list flavouring used on a card adjacent to the exhibit. Labels shall be affixed on bottles to allow between 10 and 15 mm between the bottom edge of the label and the bottom of the vessel.