Ashford Heritage Centre was bathed in sunshine and colourful, festive bunting on Saturday 21st for the 3rd Annual Honey Festival.
The band played all day as nearly 2,000 visitors strolled among the grounds and marquees full of local honey, produce, crafts, and the children’s face painting and storytelling corner. Michelle O’Connor, Chairman of Ashford & District Beekeepers Association was thrilled with the turnout. “Months of preparation go into making our Honey Festival a truly unique community event.
We want it to be inclusive so that families can enjoy a day out in a relaxed, organic way. Whilst the honey harvest and Beekeepers hut is an integral part of the Festival, our lovely stalls with local, organic produce, crafts and children’s entertainment add a real sense of festive fun.
This year the entries to a Poetry competition ‘A World without Bees’ from 5th and 6th classes highlighted just how engaged the younger generation are in the whole topic of diversity and how bees play such an important part in this. Overall there was a real sense of enjoyment on Saturday – a happy day to end the summer in Ashford!”
The Festival was officially opened by Minister Andrew Doyle followed by biologist Eanna Ni Lamhna who gave a fascinating talk on just how bees see the world of plants. The poetry was judged by Wicklow poet Rosy Wilson and artist James Hanley chose the winners for the Art competition.