2017 Sleaford Honey Show
will be held on
Saturday 21st of October at
Caythorpe Village Hall.

Every year Sleaford Beekeepers hold our own Honey Show. We aim to promote and encourage the presentation of high quality honey, other hive products and cookery using honey.

Venue: Caythorpe village hall.
Registration between 1130-1230hrs
Judging to commence at 1230 hrs
We are pleased to announce the 2016 Judge as Alan Woodward

Class 1: 2 Jars of liquid light honey
Class 2: 2 Jars of liquid medium honey
Class 3: 2 Jars of liquid dark honey
Class 4: 2 Jars of creamed honey
Class 5: 2 Jars of naturally crystallised honey
Class 6: 5 x 1oz blocks of Beeswax (+/- 10% in weight)
Class 7: Frame of Honey displayed in a show case (liquid or granulated honey)
Class 8: 1 Jar of Honey lemon curd (see recipe)
Class 9: 5 Honey Biscuits (see recipe)
Class 10: Honey Cake (winner to donate recipe for following year – see recipe below)
Class 11: Honey Chutney (see recipe)
Class 12: Novice class – A single jar of any honey (open to anyone not having previously won a first prize at a SBKA show)
Class 13: 2oz Black jar honey – judged by the honey judge on taste alone – any honey produced by the member. The jar will be placed such that the judge cannot see the contents of jar.
Class 14: A wax block 7-9 oz in weight (+/- 10% in weight)
Class 15: A beekeeping invention – a practical device or invention, made by the exhibitor, directly related to beekeeping (No live bees please!).
Class 16: A photograph of bees or a beekeeping activity 10×8 inches maximum size - photographs to be unmounted with exhibitors number on the reverse.
Class 17: A moulded beeswax candle.
Class 18: A dipped beeswax candle.
Class 19: A rolled beeswax candle.
Class 20: A bottle of Mead (dry or sweet).
Class 21: Cut Comb of any honey.

Rules and Regulations

The show is to be run along the guidelines used for other BBKA Honey shows and aims to promote excellence and showmanship in order to improve standards in the production of honey and associated products.

All entries are charged at 50p per entry (entry fees are used to cover show expenses), although there is no charge for the novice class entry. More than one entry is allowed in each class, per person, but only one award can be made to each person in a class.

All honey and wax, excluding honey for the cake, curd, chutney and biscuits, must be produced by the exhibitor’s own bees.

Exhibitors must label their entries with the labels provided by the show secretary. The labels should be placed:
• approx. 1 inch from the bottom of jars and bottles;
• on the plate containing other exhibits;
• on the top right corner of the display case of the frame of honey;
• on the top right hand corner of cut comb container.

Beeswax, cake and biscuits are to be displayed in plastic bags and on paper plates provided by the show secretary. Labels are to be placed on the plate provided.
Honey is to be presented in matching 1lb jars with plastic or metal lids.

Frame of Honey (Class 7) entries are to be displayed in a standard presentation box.

Wax may be weighed and should be + or – 10% of the weight required.

The cake must be made in the correct container as stated in the recipe.

The Novice entry (Class 12) is open to those who have never won a first prize before at a SBKA Annual Show.

Mead (Class 20) must be shown in clear, round, colourless glass bottles of approximately 750ml capacity. Cork stoppers with white plastic flanges are to be used; they shall not be sealed and must be removable by hand. No fluting or decoration shall be permitted on the bottle.

Cut comb (Class 21) shall be presented in a standard plastic container.

The Judge reserves the right to make a “No Award” and the decision is final.
Points are awarded 1st: 3 points, 2nd: 2 points, 3rd: 1 point

There will be no points awarded for best honey in show.

Trophies are awarded for:
Class 1: Best Light Honey in show (Grace Brown Cup)
Class 4: Best Set Honey in show (Crystal honey pot)
Class 5: Best Beeswax in show (Rose Bowl)
Class 7: Best Honey Lemon Curd (Marmalade Bowl)
Class 9: Best Cake in show (AJ Cake Cup)
Class 12: Novice class (The Novice Cup)
Class 13: Black Jar honey (The Black Jar trophy)
The Best Exhibit in Show (Holderness Cup)
Most points in show (The Honey Pot Cup)

The winner of any trophy is responsible for its care and safety until it has been returned to the Show Secretary. Engraving of the trophy is the responsibility of the holder at their own expense.

All trophies must be returned on the day of the Honey Show in glorious, gleaming, condition!

For your information the current trophy holders are:

Class 1: Best Light Honey (Grace Brown Cup)– S Fearn
Class 4: Best Set Honey in show (Crystal honey pot) – L Dezonie
Class 5: Best Beeswax in show (Rose Bowl) – J Holderness
Class 7: Best Honey Lemon Curd (Marmalade Bowl) – S Fearn
Class 9: Best Cake in show (AJ Cake Cup) – S Croson
Class 12: Novice Class (The Novice Cup) – M Vickers
Class 13: Black Jar honey (The Black Jar trophy) – D Smith
The Best Exhibit in Show: (Holderness Cup) – J Holderness
Most points in show: (The Honey Pot Cup) – S Croson

Please enter the show in the spirit intended - may all your efforts bee rewarded