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Flying Goat Cellars celebrates Bee Day with honey tastings, beekeeping demonstrations and more

CALEB WISEBLOOD

Wine is often the star of the Flying Goat Cellars Tasting and Art Salon in Lompoc. But the annual Bee Day celebration usually attracts visitors looking for a different kind of buzz.

HOPES HIVE
Local beekeepers will be on hand during the Flying Goat Bee Day festivities to offer local expertise and beekeeping education, as well as insight into the daily lives of bees with a special viewing hive.
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The family event includes honey tastings and beekeeping demonstrations hosted by members of the Lompoc Valley Beekeepers Association (LVBA), said Kate Griffith, co-owner of Flying Goat and longtime member of the LVBA.

“Over the years, it’s been great fun to see young and old people who are interested in bees and beekeeping come to the event,” Griffith said. “Word has spread, so every year we have more people attending.”

A taste of honey
Call (805) 736-9032 or visit flyinggoatcellars.com for more information about the Flying Goat Cellars Tasting and Art Lounge, located at 1520 E. Chestnut Court, Suite A, Lompoc. To learn more about the Lompoc Valley Beekeepers Association, visit lvbka.org. Band members will be on hand during the Flying Goat Bee Day Celebration on Saturday, August 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The club holds its general meeting at Flying Goat on the second Tuesday of each month.

This year’s celebration at Flying Goat will take place on Saturday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. National Bee Day was founded in 2009 by a small group of beekeepers who petitioned the USDA to recognize an official awareness day to honor honey. bees and beekeeping.

Since then, the national observation date has been the third Saturday of each August. Flying Goat has been holding its iteration of the tradition since 2014. Members of the LVBA also gather at the local tasting room on the second Tuesday of each month for the general group meeting.

“Flying Goat became a venue for monthly LVBA meetings because my husband and I have been members for over a decade. We offered our space for monthly meetings as a community service,” Griffith said. When we learned that there was a National Bee Awareness Day, we decided to organize the National Bee Day event as well.”


THE BEE’S KNEES
The Honey Tasting portion of the Flying Goat Bee Day Celebration is free, and will include local, raw, unfiltered honey (also available to purchase to take home in various sizes, with or without honeycombs). ‘bee).
PHOTO COURTESY OF FLYING GOAT CELLARS TASTING AND ART SHOW

Members of the LVBA will be on hand during the Flying Goat Bee Day festivities to offer local expertise and beekeeping education – and insight into the daily lives of bees with a special viewing hive.

“The demonstration hive is always a crowd pleaser. It’s fun to find the queen, which isn’t always easy to do,” Griffith said. “Many families take advantage of the educational aspect of the holiday for their children. We also find that older people are just as fascinated as younger people.

Tasting flights (ranging from $20 to $25 per person) of pinot noir and sparkling wine will be available for purchase during the event. The honey tasting portion of the event is free and will include local, raw and unfiltered honey (also available to purchase to take home in various sizes, with or without honeycomb).


BEES IN TREES
National Bee Day was founded in 2009 by a small group of beekeepers who petitioned the USDA to recognize an official awareness day to honor bees and beekeeping. Flying Goat has been running its iteration of the tradition since 2014.
PHOTO COURTESY OF FLYING GOAT CELLARS TASTING AND ART SHOW

“Members show up with samples of their honey. Every year is different because every harvest is different,” Griffith said. “Sometimes there is less honey and sometimes there is more.”

Griffith added that attendees are welcome to meet and converse with on-site beekeepers, but guests can also wander around the site on their own.


PUT ON YOUR OUTFITS
Flying Goat co-owner Kate Griffith said attendees of the Honey Bee Day event are welcome to meet and converse with on-site beekeepers, but guests can also wander around the site on their own. “Some choose to observe everything quietly. Others are ready to put on beekeeping equipment and immediately prepare to become a beekeeper,” she said.
PHOTO COURTESY OF FLYING GOAT CELLARS TASTING AND ART SHOW

“The event is free and very discreet so that people are not intimidated. They can participate as much as they want in the demonstration hive, honey tastings and our members,” Griffith said. “Some choose to observe everything quietly. Others are ready to put on beekeeping equipment and immediately prepare to become a beekeeper.

The next general meeting of the LVBA will take place on Tuesday 13 September. Griffith described the club as a great way to learn more about bees and beekeeping and added that meetings are always open to the public.

“We are a very diverse group of beekeepers who enjoy camaraderie for a common cause. We are proud to provide a great resource to the local community for education and swarm elimination,” said Griffith. “Local police and firefighters even call us regularly to remove swarms.

“Our meetings include intellectual discourse on hive designs, best practices, strategies, theories, recipes, etc.,” she continued. “I appreciate and really appreciate all our colleagues. Most of the time, beekeeping is a Zen activity that relaxes me.

Bee or no bee, that is the question from editor Caleb Wiseblood. Send honey puns to cwiseblood@santamariasun.com.