Wilton Lodge Park is set to host a special Bee Fayre this Sunday 30 August, as part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, an initiative delivered by VisitScotland.
Gordon Webber, Events Manager for Wilton Lodge Park, said: “We are delighted with the support from the Year of Food and Drink events fund for our Bee Fayre, which will take place at the end of August. This event will be a wonderful culmination to our ‘Year of the Bee’ celebrations, which are taking place in the park throughout 2015.
“We have a core group of local producers on-board and will continue to add more in the run up to the event to showcase the use of honey in our varied, regional produce. We’ve tapped into the Scottish Borders Food Network and have had a great response to the idea of promoting honey and beekeeping alongside regional food and drink at the Fayre”.
The Wilton Lodge Park Bee Fayre will host a food and drink fair alongside a host of other activities including a bee ceilidh; screenings of the Bee Movie; displays and demonstrations from the Borders Beekeepers Association; children’s activities; and bee-spotting walks.
The Great Bee Bake-off, a light-hearted baking competition, will also take place on the day. With various categories and open to all ages, organisers are encouraging entrants to come up with the best idea for a cake using honey as an ingredient. There will also be a category for best cake decoration using a bee theme!
Gordon said: “We thought it would be a fun way to engage visitors with theme of the Fayre. We’ll enlist the help of some of the producers and the Borders Beekeepers Association as judges.”
There will be 2 categories for the best cape using honey as an ingredient – aged 12 and under and aged 13 and over – and a prize for aged 13 and over for the best decorated cake using a bee theme. Those entering the competition need to be on site and register their entry by 1pm on the day.
Born in the Borders Brewery, Wilton Lodge Park and the Borders Beekeepers Association have also teamed up to create a special edition beer for the event.
Brewmaster Tom Graham from the Born in the Borders Brewery said: “It has been a fun challenge to use honey as an ingredient in our beer. We plan to experiment with a few different varieties from the local area and create something special”.
The Bee Fayre will take place near the recently opened Elliot Bandstand, from 11am - 4pm. The Fayre is FREE to attend.