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Beekeeper’s Notes: Local Honey, Cheese And Wine Sampling And Free Talks At Spike ’19

Published on: 1 May, 2019
Updated on: 30 Apr, 2019

By Hugh Coakley, who keeps bees in Worplesdon

Spike ’19 is a food event where you have a chance to taste the amazing variety of local honeys, all from Guildford beekeepers.

And not only local honey, but local wines and cheeses as well, all from a 25-mile radius of The Spike Heritage Centre in Warren Road, Charlotteville, Guildford GU1 3JH.

The event is being held on Saturday, May 25 at between 2pm and 5pm. The Spike is a wonderful old building which was where Guildford in the Poor Law era would house the vagrants and casuals.

The event aims to celebrate the variety of honey you get from local beekeepers and the brilliant quality of local wines and cheeses.

Even from my half a dozen hives, the honey varies amazingly from light coloured to dark and ranges between a floral taste to a nutty caramel.

And from one hive to another, it is never the same and never predictable.

But the taste is always intense. People who try local honey notice the difference from the bland supermarket blends.

Entrance is free for Spike ’19 with tasting charged on a voucher system; 20p per voucher or 6 for £1 and you can reclaim the cost of your voucher by purchasing the product tasted.

There is also free talks on making mead, keeping bees and demonstrations on producing your own beeswax food wraps.

It promises to be a really good afternoon; sampling lovely local honey, cheese and wine with the chance to buy the local produce and free talks.

Have a look at the Spike ’19 webpage for more details.

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