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Successful First Honey Fair Held in Lipa City

The different honey and honey by products offered by the Lipa Beekeepers Marketing Cooperative

An estimated 6,000 guests visited the 1st Honey Fair held at The Events Center of SM City Lipa last February 17-22. Participating in the unique fair were the Lipa Beekeepers Marketing Cooperative, Mira’s Honeyed Turmeric, Dielle’s Apiary and Meadery, Charlene’s Cakes, Cookies and Pastries, Flora’s Garden, The Bee Hive Farm and Kitchen and SM Supermarket.

The Lipa Beekeeper’s Marketing Cooperative was established for the selling and marketing of honey and its by-products which are produced by its members. Mira’s Honeyed Turmeric processes, packs and distributes turmeric products sweetened by honey. Dielle’s Apiary and Meadery makes honey wine that is flavored by a variety of local fruits including coffee. Charlene’s Pastries bakes cakes and pastries that are sweetened by honey. Flora’s Garden is a plant nursery and landscaping business. The Bee Hive Farm and Kitchen is a restaurant which serves honeyed dishes.

Pastries, cupcakes and cookies from Charlene’s.

Dielle’s honey wines are flavored with local fruits like bignay and passion fruit. 

The fair also displayed an exhibition featuring trivia about honey, bees and beekeeping. The highlight of the fair was the interactive display of live bees and beekeeping equipment which fascinated both the young and not so young guests during the fair.

Three species of bees were put on display during the fair – the apis cerana, commonly known as “laywan”; the apis millifera or the European bees; and the Trigona, commonly known as “lukot”. Each specie of bee produces honey which is differentiated by its color, taste, texture and viscosity.

Some of the guests who enjoyed the interactive display of live bees and beekeeping essentials during the Honey Fair. 

According to SM City Lipa’s Mall Manager Liza F. Dimaculangan, the fair aimed to help out the local beekeepers of Lipa City while at the same time, make SM Lipa a venue for learning. “Most children nowadays, wouldn’t know how a real bee looks like and why they (the bees) are important for food production. This fair was a chance for them to see real live bees in their honey combs without getting stung”, Dimaculangan said.

SM City Lipa’s Mall Manager Liza F. Dimaculangan (right) together with Lipa Beekeeper’s Marketing Cooperative Chairman Joey Tarnate (center) and Lipa City Assistant City Agriculturist Maria Lourdes Silva during the ceremonial toast for the opening of Honey Fair 2017. 

Also present during the opening rites of the fair was Lipa City’s Assistant City Agriculturist Maria Lourdes Silva, who intimated her appreciation to SM City Lipa for organizing and hosting the said honey fair. “To help out the local beekeepers of Lipa is a mutual thrust of the Lipa City Agriculture Office, Lipa City Cooperative Office and Lipa City Mayor Meynard A. Sabili,” Silva said.