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Halifax and District Beekeepers Association

The Halifax and District Beekeepers Association is a proud exhibitor at this traditional county and agricultural show in the heart of Calderdale.

HBKA Bee Tent

We have a significant presence in one of the marquees every year where we endeavour to provide an informative experience for all our visitors along with the opportunity to see the entries for all HBKA competition classes and a chance to purchase natural honey and other bee related products.

As a purveyor of such products to the general public it is important that we abide by the guidelines and regulations pertinent to these products. So if, as a member of HBKA,  it is your intention to sell any products at the show, please refer to the following guidance /legislation.

Selling Honey

Selling Bees Wax Products (December 2018 - New source of guidance required.)

Selling Cakes

If want to help on the day to sell your produce, please see the attached note, or if you want to enter one of the show classes, see below.

Halifax Agricultural Show

Saturday 10th August 2019

Honey Section




E-MAIL Peeter



The competition is only open to Halifax and District Beekeepers Association Members.


1. The Limetree Apiary Rosebowl (For the most points in classes 1 to 14 inclusive)

2. The Winifred May Badger Challenge Cup (For best exhibit of honey in classes 1 to 4)

3. The Northern Bee Books Trophy (For the best exhibit of a photograph in class 13)

4. The John Phillips Award for Beeswax (For the most points in the wax classes 8, 9 and 12) Trophies will be awarded as above.

The trophy may be professionally engraved at the winner’s expense. All trophies must be returned to the Honey Show Secretary by the 15th JULY of the year following presentation.


Class 1 – Two 1lb jars of Light Honey

Class 2 – Two 1lb jars of Medium Honey

Class 3 – Two 1lb jars of Dark Honey If there are not enough entries in any class (1 to 3) the classes will be combined as Runny Honey for judging.

Class 4 - Two 1lb jars of Soft Set Honey OR Two 1lb jars of Naturally Granulated Honey

Class 5 – One 1lb Jar of any honey labelled as for sale.

Class 6 - A Section of Honey

Class 7 - Box of Cut Comb

Class 8 – Novice Class – One 1lb jar of any honey entered by a member who has not previously won either a first or second place in the Association Honey Show. If there are not enough entries in either class 6 or class 7 the classes will be combined for judging.

Class 9 - 6 identical wax blocks approx 1oz each.

Class 10 – Wax Cake between 8oz and 16oz.

Class 11 – Bottle of Dry Mead

Class 12 – Bottle of Sweet Mead. If insufficient entries in the mead classes they will be combined.

Class 13 – 2 Identical Beeswax Candles (one of which will be burned)

Class 14 – A photograph, black and white or colour, or colour transparency. The subject must be connected to beekeeping.

Class 15 – Lemon Honey Cake to the following recipe. Ingredients: 170g (6oz) butter 60g (2oz) caster sugar 140g (5oz) honey 3 large eggs 225g (8oz) self raising flour Grated rind of one lemon Juice of half a lemon Method: Cream butter, sugar and honey together. Mix in lemon rind, beat eggs lightly and gradually add to the mixture. Stir in the lemon juice and fold in the flour. Transfer to a greased and base lined 900g (2lb) loaf tin and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes at 160°C/325°F/gas mark3.

Class 16 – One jar of jam to the exhibitor's own recipe, minimum weight 340g (12oz), using honey with sugar.

Class 17 – Any handicraft object, painting, embroidery, etc., depicting a subject relating to bees.

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