The Association’s annual honey show will be held at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton

Schedule of classes.

  • Class 1. Honey light clear.
  • Class 1a. Honey light clear. Novice.
  • Class 2. Honey medium clear.
  • Class 2a. Honey medium clear. Novice.
  • Class 3. Honey dark clear.
  • Class 3a. Honey dark clear. Novice.
  • Class 4. Honey naturally set. Not stirred.
  • Class 5. Honey soft set.
  • Class 6. Heather honey.
  • Class 7. Jar of honey for sale.
  • Class 8. 8 oz. cut comb.
  • Class 9. Dry mead.
  • Class 10. Sweet mead.
  • Class 11. Block of beeswax less than 1 lb.
  • Class 12. Block of beeswax more than 1 lb.
  • Class 13. Honey cake made to the standard recipe.
  • Class 14. Honey cake to your own recipe.
  • Class 15. Plain moulded beeswax candle. Minimum dimensions to be 1½ in diameter and 3″ high. (Excluding the wick).
  • Class 16. Beeswax candle. Any shape or size or method of production.
  • Class 17. One shallow frame suitable for extraction.
  • Class 18. Any beekeeping related photograph.

Notes for the classes

Classes 1 to 6 – To be in 1lb round squat honey jars.

Class 7 – Can be any shape or size.

Classes 9 and 10 – To be shown in 26 oz clear glass bottles of round section, with rounded shoulders. White flanged corks to be used.

Classes 11 and 12 – Moulds without a pattern are to be used.

Class 13 – The honey cake is to be made to the recipe below.

Lemon Honey Cake standard recipe (for class 13)

170g (6oz) butter
60g (2oz) caster sugar
140g (5oz) honey
3 large eggs,
225g (8oz) self raising flour
Grated rind of a lemon
Juice of half a lemon.

Method: Cream butter, sugar and honey. Mix in lemon rind, beat eggs lightly and gradually add to the mixture. Stir in lemon juice.
Fold in sieved flour, transfer to a greased and base lined 900g (2lb) loaf tin.
Bake for 1hr-1hr 10mins at 160°C/325°F/gas mark 3.

General Notes

The Honey Show is open to paid up members of the York and District Beekeepers Association.

A novice is a person who has taken up beekeeping since the start of the previous year’s beekeeping season i.e. April 2018. The entrant with most points awarded in the Novice classes namely 1a, 2a and 3a will receive a new award instituted in 2019.

Novices may also enter classes 4 to 20 on equal terms with experienced exhibitors.

Only one entry per person per class.

Candles entered in classes 15 and 16 may be lit at the judges discretion.

The honey and wax used in exhibits shall be from the exhibitors own bees.

Points will be awarded to prize winners thus: – 3 points to the winner of each class, 2 points will go to second place and 1 point to third place.

John Fuller‘s Trophy will be awarded to the winner of Class 12

The Alf Race Memorial Cup will be awarded to the member with the most points. In the event of a draw, the member with the highest number of first places will be the winner.

The judge will decide on the best Honey in the show regardless of the class entered in, and the best exhibit which will take account of all entries. The winner will be awarded the David Gray Memorial Shield

The judge‘s decision will be final.

Entries will be accepted from 18.15 to 19.15 on the day. Judging will commence at 19.30.


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