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5th and 6th September 2015, University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Bristol Open Honey Show

The Bristol Branch of Avon Beekeepers Association annual Honey Show and Festival is back. Last year we added a Honey fudge with an open recipe. This year year a further new Honey category has been added. A single jar of honey to be judged on Taste Only. The show will be hosted at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden in 2015. It will take place on the 5th and 6th of September at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and entries will be judged by Suzette Perkins and Chris Harries from Somerset.

Entrants to the competition will be aiming to win the prestigious and beautiful Bristol Silver Queen Trophy. This was first awarded in 1929 to Miss A B Flowers, a beekeeper from Salisbury, and beekeepers from as far as Scotland and Cornwall have won the trophy in the past. We hope that the event will again attract beekeepers interested in producing high quality honeys and other hive products.

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Although the winner will not be able to take the trophy home due to its’ very high value, he/she will receive an engraved Bristol Blue Glass Plate as a permanent memento.

How to Enter

Download the entry form in PDF format or Word format and once you have completed it email to showsec@bristolbeekeepers.org.uk If you are unable to email and prefer to enter by post please telephone for an address to post your entry to. If you have any queries please email showsec@bristolbeekeepers.org.uk or telephone on 0117 9826455.

A copy of the BBKA Rules is also available. The cost of entry is minimal and payment will be accepted in cash when you stage your exhibits. Receipt of your entry will be confirmed by email. If you have any questions about the event please contact the Show Secretary. Guidance on how to fix labels onto your entry can be found by downloading the label guidance PDF.

Labels, garden entry pass will be handed to all entrants when staging exhibits. All entrants will also receive a voucher to purchase honey jars from Compak at reduced prices. A map and directions to the venue are provided on the Botanic Garden website.

Acknowledgments: We thank The University of Bristol Botanic Garden for inviting us to hold the show in such a pleasant and suitable environment. We thank The co-operative membership for their generous support. We also acknowledge contributions from compak and Bristol Blue Glass

Download your entry form

Closing date for entries is 28th August 2015

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Bristol Open Honey Show

The Bristol Branch of Avon Beekeepers Association annual Honey Show and Festival is back. We have added a new category this year - Honey fudge with an open recipe. The show will be hosted at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden in 2015. It will take place on the 5th and 6th of September at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and entries will be judged by Suzette Perkins and Chris Harries from Somerset.

Entrants to the competition will be aiming to win the prestigious and beautiful Bristol Silver Queen Trophy. This was first awarded in 1929 to Miss A B Flowers, a beekeeper from Salisbury, and beekeepers from as far as Scotland and Cornwall have won the trophy in the past. We hope that the event will again attract beekeepers interested in producing high quality honeys and other hive products.

Honey Show 2012 Live Demo Live Demo Live Demo

Although the winner will not be able to take the trophy home due to its’ very high value, he/she will receive an engraved Bristol Blue Glass Plate as a permanent memento.

How to Enter

Download the entry form in PDF format or Word format and once you have completed it email to showsec@bristolbeekeepers.org.uk If you are unable to email and prefer to enter by post please telephone for an address to post your entry to. If you have any queries please email showsec@bristolbeekeepers.org.uk or telephone on 0117 9826455.

A copy of the BBKA Rules is also available. The cost of entry is minimal and payment will be accepted in cash when you stage your exhibits. Receipt of your entry will be confirmed by email. If you have any questions about the event please contact the Show Secretary. Guidance on how to fix labels onto your entry can be found by downloading the label guidance PDF.

Labels, garden entry pass will be handed to all entrants when staging exhibits. All entrants will also receive a voucher to purchase honey jars from Compak at reduced prices. A map and directions to the venue are provided on the Botanic Garden website.

Acknowledgments: We thank The University of Bristol Botanic Garden for inviting us to hold the show in such a pleasant and suitable environment. We thank The co-operative membership for their generous support. We also acknowledge contributions from compak and Bristol Blue Glass

Provisional Schedule of Classes

  1. Two 454g jars of light honey

  2. Two 454g jars of medium honey

  3. Two 454g jars of dark honey

  4. Two 454g jars of naturally crystallised honey

  5. Two 454g jars of soft set honey

  6. One rectangular container of cut comb honey of min. weight 180g

  7. One shallow frame of honey ready for extraction

  8. One jar of honey, to be judged on Taste Alone.

  9. One cake of beeswax of weight between 220 – 280g (exhibit inside a clear plastic bag)

  10. Three matching blocks of wax, each of weight 28g (exhibit on a white paper plate inside a clear plastic bag)

  11. Two matching beeswax candles

  12. Any decorative beeswax item except candle made by any method

  13. One bottle of dry mead

  14. One bottle of sweet mead

  15. Novice class – two matching 454g jars of liquid honey (A Novice is a person who has never won a first prize in any jarred honey class at an open honey show)

  16. An item of art illustrating any aspect of bees or beekeeping

  17. One photograph, min. size 15cm x 10cm mounted on A4 card of honeybee or beekeeping interest

  18. Honey fruit cake made to recipe below (Show inside a clear plastic bag on a flat white paper plate or doyley.)

  19. Honey Fudge, made to a recipe of your choice (Show inside a clear plastic bag on a flat white paper plate or doyley.)

Prizes

Points will be awarded in each of classes 1 to 13 as follows:
1st place - 7 points, 2nd place - 4 points, 3rd place - 2 point

1st place - £7, 2nd place - £4, 3rd place - £2
Entry fee: 50p per entry up to a maximum of £4 for all classes entered

Bristol Silver Queen Trophy will be awarded to the entrant gaining the highest number of points from classes 1 to 13 inclusive.

Bristol Bronze Queen will be awarded to the runner-up of the winner of the Silver Queen.

Winners of the each of the above trophies will receive an engraved item of Bristol Blue Glass to take home. The trophies cannot be taken away. An item of Bristol Blue Glass will also be awarded to the ‘Best in Show’ (Classes 1-13).

Class 18: Honey Fruit Cake Recipe

Ingredients: 225g (8oz) self raising flour, 110g (4oz) butter or margarine, 175g (6oz) honey, 175g (6oz) sultanas, 2 eggs, pinch salt, a little milk if needed.

Method: Cream butter & honey together. Beat eggs well and add them alternately with sifted flour and salt (save a little flour to add with sultanas). Fold all together well. Add a little milk if necessary. Fold in sultanas and stir well. Prepare a round tin 165mm to 190mm diameter. Pour in cake mixture and bake in a preheated moderate oven for approximately 45 minutes or until cooked. Show inside a clear plastic bag on a flat paper plate or doyley.

Class 19: Honey Fudge Instructions

Show a minimum of 10 pieces inside a clear plastic bag on a paper plate. MUST contain Honey, MUST NOT contain chocolate. Recipe used to be written on card alongside display for the judge. Show inside a clear plastic bag on a flat white paper plate or doyley.

Suggestions: These are purely for information and none come with any particular recommendation or endorsement by the show committee. None have been tested by the committee! So may be of variable quality. They are all referenced as to where they were sourced. Download some recipes here.

Honey Show Rules

A copy of the BBKA Rules can be requested from the Show Secretary or downloaded from our website www.bristolhoneyshow.co.uk/downloads/BBKA-honeyshow-rules.pdf

BBKA Show Rules (1994) apply unless amended by any of the following:

  1. Entries to be made on the form available on the website www.bristolhoneyshow.co.uk (PDF or Word) or from the show secretary, and sent to the Show Secretary either by emailing to showsec@bristolbeekeepers.org.uk or posting to Bristol Honey Show Secretary, not later than 28th August 2015. Cash payment on arrival with entries. Prior to the event, entrants will be sent confirmation of classes entered (by email where given). Labels for all entries and a pass for free access to the Botanic Gardens will be given on arrival. Late entries will be accepted if space allows and charged double.

  2. The event marquee will be open for staging exhibits until 7 pm on Friday 4th September and from 8 a.m. on Saturday 5th September 2015. All exhibits must be staged by 10 a.m. Judging will commence at 10:30 a.m. Awards will be presented on Sunday 6th September at 3.30 p.m. Exhibits are to be collected at close of show on Sunday and only removed after being checked against entry list and when permitted by the Show Secretary. Early removal only with the permission of the show secretary.

  3. Only labels supplied by the Show Secretary are to be affixed to each entry as directed (see Guidance for affixing labels). No marks of any sort are permitted on any part of the exhibit.

  4. Candles are to be displayed erect. The judge may light one candle. Candlesticks must be used if required to keep candle upright.

  5. All extracted honey is to be exhibited in clear 454g squat jars with standard gold lacquered metal screw lids.

  6. Mead to be shown in clear glass punted wine bottles with shoulders (approx. 75cl capacity). White plastic topped flanged corks must be used.

  7. Only members exhibiting on the show bench will be permitted to supply honey or other products for sale during the show.

  8. Bristol Branch will retain the two Bristol Queen trophies. The winners will have their names engraved on the trophies and they will receive special prizes to take away.

  9. Classes may be cancelled or amalgamated at the discretion of the Show Secretary/Committee.

  10. Where a display method or other detail is specified (E.g. on a paper plate in a plastic bag), this MUST be followed, or the entry disqualified.

A copy of the BBKA Rules can be requested from the Show Secretary or downloaded from our website www.bristolhoneyshow.co.uk


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Results

This year at the Bristol Honey Show we had a record number of entries. Results of the winners are below.

Silver Queen Trophy Winner

Awarded to Anne Rowberry.

Bronze Queen Trophy Winner

Awarded to Sue Carter.

Best in Show

Best in Show was awarded to David Capon.

Acknowledgements

We thank The University of Bristol Botanic Garden for permitting us to hold the show in such a pleasant and suitable environment. We thank The co-operative membership for their generous support. We also acknowledge contributions from compak and Bristol Blue Glass.

Overall Results

* Donotes Best in Show awarded

Class First Second Third
1 Chris Morton Brian Steadman Phil Swanton
2 Nawbash Zorab Anne Rowberry Brian Steadman
3 David Gillard - Anne Rowberry
4 Anne Rowberry John McEntee -
5 David Capon David Gillard Chris Morton
6 Anne Rowberry John McEntee Nawbash Zorab
7 David Capon * Nawbash Zorab Carol Trelawney-Ross
8 Anne Rowberry Sue Carter Davd Gillard
9 David Capon David Gillard John McEntee
10 Anne Rowberry Sue Carter David Gillard
11 Sue Carter John McEntee Chris Morton
12 Chris Morton Sue Carter -
13 Sue Carter Chris Morton -
14 Kayleigh Witts Thomas Kai Hailstone Gareth James
15 Ruth Barsby Michael Wilcox Maddy Swanton
16 Garth Chatham Anne Rowberry Gareth James
17 Kath Swanton Claire Wilcox David Capon
18 David Capon Kath Swanton Gareth James