On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Oregon Coast Honey Lovers Festival returns to Yachats.
Most of the daytime events will be held at the Yachats Commons from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; children 12 years and under are admitted free. The festival will offer the opportunity to taste a variety of locally produced honeys and meads, as well as a chance to learn about attracting pollinators to the garden, beekeeping and bee species and behaviors.
Jeffrey Warren, one of the festival's presenters, said, “The time has never been more important for consumers, both young and old and everyone in between, to attain more understanding about our pollinators. We have come a great distance in learning about where our food comes from. Why not honey, and how it finds its way to your table?”
The event features speakers, displays, vendors, children’s puppet shows, honey and mead tastings, information on beekeeping, pollinators and pollinator-friendly landscaping. Around town, find special dishes and beverages featuring honey, as well as themed goods and crafts.
From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., attend a Honey Hoedown in the Yachats Commons Pavilion for a $5 entry fee. This fun event includes a toasty bonfire and live music by Red Diesel.
Speakers throughout the day include Dr. David Gordon on the Roles of Native Bees in Pollination of Native Plant Communities; Dr. Sarah Kincaid on the Weird and Wonderful Bees of Oregon; Dr. Sagili on Honey Bees: Insights on Some Fascinating Bee Behaviors and the Africanized Bee; Andrea Shonnard from Shonnard's Nursery on Designing a Pollinator Garden; and Fred Selby on The Medicinal Properties of Honey.
Intended as a family fun event, the Oregon Coast Honey Lovers Festival will have plenty for all ages to enjoy. For the little ones, but also to be enjoyed by adults, there will be two puppet presentations on honeybees by Penny’s Puppet Productions — one at 11:30 a.m. and another at 2:00 p.m.
Festival sponsors include Shonnard’s Nursery, Emerald Coast Realty, and Coastal Homes and Land.
For the complete schedule and additional information, visit the Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce website, yachats.org.