HBKA Honey Show

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Date(s) - 26/09/2015 - 27/09/2015
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Wyevale Garden Centre


Enter your Honey and other products in the annual HBKA Honey Show.

Here is the show schedule to download: HBKA SHOW SCHEDULE 2015F

Here is a Flyer for the show:  Honey Show Flyer




26th– 27th SEPTEMBER 2015

Wyevale Garden Centre,

Kings Acre Road, Hereford, HR4 0SE


JUDGES: Joyce Nisbet and John Harley (Mead)


JUDGES’ STEWARD: Louise Sheppard                                         SHOW SECRETARY: Hazel Highfield


Class Descriptions

Exhibitors are strongly advised to study carefully the Schedule, General Notes and Show Rules set out below. Failure to observe these may result in an entry’s non-acceptance or disqualification.


1. One container of cut comb with liquid honey in the cells (7-9oz in weight)
2. Two 1 lb jars of Light Liquid Honey
3. Two 1 lb jars of Medium or Dark Liquid Honey
4. Two 1 lb jars of Naturally Granulated Honey
5. Two 1 lb jars of Creamed/Soft Set Honey
6. Two 1 lb jars of Chunk Honey
7. Novices only – Two 1 lb jars of Honey (liquid, granulated or soft set)(See Rule 6)
8. Blind Tasting: (See Rule 7)a) one jar of Liquid Honey.

b) one jar of Creamed/Soft Set Honey

9. One Super Frame ready for extraction displayed in a show case.
10. One Super Frame, marked 2015, supplied by HBKA
11. One plain cake of Beeswax weighing 7-9oz (200-255g) with a minimum thickness of ¾” (18mm)
12. Five Beeswax Blocks each weighing approx. 1oz (27g)
13. One bottle of Dry Mead.
14. One bottle of Sweet Mead.
15. One bottle of honey beverage to be displayed in any size clear glass bottle with removable cork, screw top or cap. (See Rule 8)
16. Three single items of products of the hive. (see Rule 8)
17. LAN ChallengeA collective display of Products of the Hive, no more than three items being produced by any one LAN member; with a maximum width of 30”; to be judged on both quality and presentation. LAN Tutors may advise but not participate in this class.
  Open Classes
18. An item made primarily from beeswax. (See Rule 8)
19. Three Beeswax Candles up to and including 1 ½” (38mm) diameter.  To be displayed in non-combustible stands (one candle will be lit by the judge)
20. Honey Cake – see attached recipe
21. Honey Fudge – six pieces to be displayed – see attached recipe.
22. Honeybee pasture. (See Rule 8)
23. Any interesting exhibit connected with beekeeping designed and made by the exhibitor, accompanied where necessary by a clear written explanation.(See Rule 8)
24. Children’s Exhibit. Anything connected to beekeeping (open to any child 15 years or under, age to be displayed).
25. Photographic Competition on the subject of bees and beekeeping.(See Rule 8)

a) A colour print, maximum print size 10” x 8”, mounted on card with a mount size not exceeding A4.

b) A group of photos (minimum of three) of any size on a common theme, but must be presented within an overall mount size not exceeding A3.

(Captions optional. No framed prints permitted in any category).





  1. Entries may be staged at the following times:

Friday September 25th 4pm-6pm;

Saturday September 26th 9am -10 am.

  1. Judging will commence at 10.00am on September 26th.
  2. Exhibits may be removed from the displays after 3.30pm and must be cleared by 4.30pm

on Sunday September 27th.




  1. The show is staged under National Honey Show rules.


  1. Unless otherwise stated, exhibitors may enter up to three items in any class, but can only

gain one award in each, subject to the Judge’s discretion to grant a special commendation.

Multiple entries must be clearly marked A, B, C, after the exhibitor’s number except when the

entry requires two jars when the number and letter on each should be identical.


  1. No single exhibit may be entered in more than one class.


  1. Classes 1-17 are open to any member, Full or Associate, of the Herefordshire Beekeepers’

Association (HBKA), together with Associate members who are full members of neighbouring

associations. Show points will be awarded to prize-winning members of HBKA as per the

schedule of points (See Rule 11 below).


  1. Open classes are open to anyone, adults and children, whether or not members of HBKA.


  1. Novice Class is open to any member who has not previously won a first prize, cup or trophy

in any previous Honey Show. The winner has right of entry to the National Honey Show.


  1. Blind Tasting. Entries are limited to one jar per member in each sub class. Exhibits will be

assessed on taste only. Blind wrappers will be provided on registration. There will be one

overall winner in each sub class.


  1. Class 15. A plain label describing the contents should be attached (e.g. Pyment, Melomel, etc.).

    Class 16. Items may consist of any product of the hive, or item made using products of the hive for example propolis, pollen, polish, etc.

    Class 18. Exhibits may include candles of any size or style, wax sculpture, encaustic art, etc., but must be created primarily from beeswax.

    Class 22. Honey bee pasture. An arrangement of flora, including flowers, foliage and fruit, from which the honeybee gathers nectar and pollen. A list of species must be provided and will be judged as an integral part of the exhibit.

    Class 23. Exhibits can include works of art, models, practical items etc., provided a clear link exists to bees or beekeeping.

    Class 25. Photographs must be the original work of the exhibitor.


  1. Presentation of exhibits.
  2. a) Extracted honey must be exhibited in matching standard 1lb squat honey jars with gold metal lids.
  3. b) Pieces of chunk honey should ideally stand upright and extend fully from the bottom to the top of the jar.
  4. c) National Honey Show Approved Grading Glasses will be used to determine colour of liquid honey.
  5. d) Super frames shall be displayed in show cases; these may be available for loan if requested in advance. Marked frames (Class 10) will be displayed in a rack provided.
  6. Mead should be exhibited in clear, round, unmarked bottles of approx. 27fl. oz. or 75 ml

capacity with flanged removable corks (black or white plastic is acceptable).




  1. 10. Labelling. Show labels will be provided by the Show Secretary on registration.

Jars & bottles: position labels 20mm from the bottom.

Show cases: one label in the top right hand corner of the glass plus a second label on the top of the frame.

Wax products:  labels should be fixed on the display base, not to the wax.


  1. Show points. Members will be awarded points as follows:

5 – First place.

4 – Second place

3 – Third place

2 – Very Highly Commended

1 – Highly Commended

0 – Commended

In the case of a tie, the participant with the largest number of high points will be awarded the trophy.


  1. Trophies. Trophies will only be awarded to HBKA members.




Honey Cake

To be baked in a 6-7” round tin



5oz butter

6oz clear honey

1 tablespoon of water

4oz soft brown sugar

2 eggs

7oz self raising flour


Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F or Gas Mark 4.

Grease and line the cake tin.

Place butter, sugar, honey and water in a saucepan and heat until the butter has melted, stirring all the time.

When the butter has melted, remove the pan from heat and allow the contents to cool to blood temperature.

Gradually beat in the eggs, add sieved flour and mix until smooth (do not over mix).

Pour mixture into the greased and lined tin and bake for 1 hour, or until risen and firm to the touch.

Cooking time and temperature may vary according to the oven used.

Cover the top during baking if necessary, to prevent browning.

Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack.





2 oz butter

2 tablespoons honey

4 tablespoons water

1 lb granulated sugar

8 tablespoons condensed milk



Place all the ingredients into a heavy pan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Boil for about 10 minutes until a little of the mixture dropped into cold water forms a soft ball when rolled between finger and thumb (238˚F/114˚C on a sugar thermometer). Leave to cool until just warm. Beat well until the mixture becomes thick and creamy and pour at once into a buttered, flat tin. Cut into squares when set.













For an exhibit of outstanding merit.  Awarded only if there are more than 100

entries in the Show.  It includes a voucher for free admission and a free entry

to an Open Class at the next National Honey Show.

If there are 50 – 100 entries, an HBKA Certificate of Merit will be issued.



Awarded to the full member gaining the highest aggregate points in all classes.



For most points achieved in the Novice class.  The winner will also receive a

gift ticket to the next National Honey Show.



Awarded to the exhibitor domiciled in Herefordshire gaining the most points in

Classes 2 and 3.



Awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Classes 4 and 5.



Awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Classes 11, 12, and 19.



Awarded to the winner of Class 10.



Awarded to the winner of Class 17.



For an exhibit of outstanding merit, where the number of entries are below that

required for the BBKA Blue Ribbon.