Honey Festival


WHO KNEW SOMETHING SO SWEET COULD BE BENEFICIAL TO YOUR HELP? WE HAVE THE HONEY BEE TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. AT THE CALIFORNIA HONEY FESTIVAL WE WILL CELEBRATE THEM AND EVERYTHING THEY DO. OUR EVEN TINA MACHUA HAS THE EXPERIENCE. Reporter: THAT’S A PARKING LOT OF LES SCHWAB. HI. THIS WAS A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO? YEAH. CAN YOU COME GET THEM? I GO, LET’S GO. YOU GOT THE BEE SUIT. DAVEY WAS MORE EXCITED THAN I WAS. THIS WAS INCREDIBLE. IT REALLY WAS. SERIOUSLY. THERE YOU GO. LATER THAT EVENING IS WHEN YOU KIND OF GET THEM BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE FORAGERS. YOU WENT BACK THAT EVENING? YEAH, TO GO GET — YOU KNOW, THEY SMELL A BOMB AND THEY GO, OH, I GOT TO GO BACK HOME. THEY FIGURE IT OUT. OH, SHE IS IN THE BOX. OUR NEW APARTMENT. SO LET ME INTRODUCE YOU — TOMORROW IS THE BIG CALIFORNIA HONEY FESTIVAL. THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR. PAT AND JUSTIN FROM FATHER PATTY’S ON MAIN STREET IN WOODLANDS. I DID AN EDITION WITH THEM. THIS IS DONEES WOODY. SHE AND HER FAMILY OWN PURE HONEY, RIGHT? WE DO. YOU ARE UP TO 6,000 HIVES? YES. WE HAVE POLLINATION AND HONEY FLOW. BEES POLLINATE ONE-THIRD OF THE FRUITS, NUTS, AND VEGETABLES THAT WE EAT. THE GOAL IS TO TEACH PEOPLE? THE IMPORTANCE OF BEES TO OUR ECOSYSTEM AND OUR FOOD SYSTEM. IT WOULD BE HARD TO BE WITHOUT THE BEES. YES. HERE IS SOME OF THE PRODUCTS RIGHT OVER HERE. I SEE, DEPENDING WHERE THEY POLLINATE, RIGHT? YES, DEPENDING WHERE BEES POLLINATE YOU GET DIFFERENT TASTES, TEXTURES AND COLORS OF HONEY WHERE THEY ARE COLLECTING NECTAR FROM. RAW WILDFLOWER HONEY AND ORANGE BLOSSOM HONEY. PAT, HOW ARE YOU USING THE HONEY? WE ARE USING THE HONEY, IF YOU LOOK AT — HE IS POURING IT RIGHT NOW. WHAT IS THAT? ALMOND CRUSTED — AND A CLOSE-UP NOW, YOU CAN DRIZZLE THAT. THE GRAPHIC WAS COVERING THE HONEY THERE. YES! OH, BOY. IT’S GOT A LITTLE QUICK TO IT? WE HAVE GOT A VANILLA ICE CREAM HONEY SUNDAE. THAT HAS BACON ON IT BECAUSE BACON MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER. THEN WE HAVE A GRAHAM CRACKER BUTTERSCOTCH WHAT WE CALL CRACK. YEP! YOU’RE RIGHT! NAILED IT! SO WE HAVE A CRACK BACON HONEY SUNDAE. I SEE. AND I BROUGHT THAT SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU KNOW HER SO WELL. IS THE HONEY ON THE CRACK OR HONEY ON THE ICE CREAM? HONEY ON THE ICE CREAM. GOT IT. HONEY ON THE ICE CREAM. WE CAN GET HONEY EVERYWHERE. WE HAVE GOT SOME BEAUTIFUL FISH. THERE NINE RESTAURANTS THAT ARE FEATURING HONEY-SPECIFIC DISHES. THESE THINGS WE’RE DOING, THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER RESTAURANTS THAT ARE MAKING HONEY SPECIFIC THINGS. ARE ALL OF THEM — OUR OWN MICHAEL MARKS WILL BE COOKING DEMOS LATER IN THE DAY WITH YOU, RIGHT? YES. WE HAVE GOT ALL KINDS OF THINGS HAPPENING UP AND DOWN THE STREET. IT’S 30 — OVER AT 30 HONEY BENDER. 70 DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF HONEY YOU CAN SAMPLE. CAN WE BUY THEM, TOO. YES, YOU CAN BUY THEM, TOO. THERE WILL BE A KIDS ZONE. THE KIDS CAN TRY THEM OUT, LEARN ABOUT THE HONEY BEES. IF YOU GO TO EACH BOOTH, THOSE VENDORS, NOT ONE WILL TASTE THE SAME. NOT ONE WILL TASTE THE SAME. WHEN YOU GO TO THE GROCERY STORE AND SEE HONEY FOR LIKE 5.99, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOURS AND THAT? OUR HONEY, IT COMES STRAIGHT FROM OUR HIVES TO YOUR TABLE. SO WE DO NOT PUT ANYTHING IN THE HONEY. IT IS RAW. IT’S NOT HEAT-TREATED. YOU ARE GETTING THE VITAMINS, MINERALS, AND ENZYMES GOOD FOR YOU. UP AND DOWN THE STREET HOW MANY VENDORS? OVER 160 VENDORS ALL TOGETHER. HERE IS THE BEST PART, GUYS.

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