5th Annual Honey Festival packs the Wyck House hive [gallery]

Five years ago, the Philadelphia’s Beekeepers Guild started the Philadelphia Honey Festival to raise awareness about the importance of honeybees to the environment, food supply and economy.

The increasingly popular festival, held over three days at three different historic landmarks across the city, drew crowds to Germantown’s Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm on Saturday.

Bob McKee, venue coordinator at Wyck, spoke about the event’s dual benefits.

“The goal of this festival is not only to bring awareness to the bees and the issues that we face,” he said, “but also to draw attention to these historic sites.”

More than 1,000 people showed up on Saturday to sample the local mead (honey beer) and shop from local vendors and honey makers. The latter offered samples and gladly answered any questions regarding bee-keeping and honey production.

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