I was so surprised when I got an email inviting me to attend this year’s Honey Summit in Providence, RI.
First of, what’s a Honey Summit? Second, why me? And third, what’s the catch?
After a few more emails all my questions were answered and I was excited! Apparently, there was no catch, the National Honey Board puts these events together to share knowledge and promote people to use more honey! This year they partnered with Bake magazine and invited people that have been featured over the years.
Now is the perfect time for honey to be big. With everyone’s concerns of GMOs, pure, clean food, honey is all that without even trying to be, it just.. is.
We tasted over 25 different honeys, had an amazing meal at Milk Money that was specially made for us with honey as the spotlight, had honey cocktails, baked with honey, visited an apiary, learned about honey and the bees, and best of all, got to meet an amazing group of individuals from all across the US.
Here are some interesting facts I learned:
- A honey bee only produces 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in it’s life time
- Females are the worker bees, they go out and get the nectar and return to make honey and take care of the infant bees
- Males are known as drones and their only purpose is to mate with the Queen, and they have no stinger
- The bee’s flap their wings at a certain speed and it removes the moisture and makes it consumable
- Queen bee’s lay around 2,000 eggs per day
- Honey doesn’t go bad if store properly!
- A worker bee will communicate to other bees by doing a little dance
- There are TONS of different honeys out there, and it all depends on where the bees get their nectar! They range in color, smells, and flavors
I didn’t have much free time, but I did get a chance to check out a few other places in Providence!
Ellie’s Bakery was super cute! I got their corn pecan scone! I had thought they used corn flour, but they actually put whole corn kernels in it! It has a maple glaze drizzled on top! Pretty sure I ate 3 or more of these by the end of this trip
East Side Pockets was another cool spot! I couldn’t find a donut shop there that was open on Mondays (beware, everything is closed Mondays.. hah) So I was thrilled to find these Falafel donuts! Served with Tzatziki and Hummus, they were light and delicious!