Cloverdale’s Honeybee Centre hosts free weekend-long fest

Cloverdale's Honeybee Centre hosts free weekend-long fest

CLOVERDALE — The Honeybee Centre on 176th Street and Fraser Highway is putting on a two-day free festival for children and families on July 26 and 27.

The centre, which sells honey products, administers bee keeping courses and hosts tours and birthday parties, is opening its doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday for a full-day fair that includes presentations, games and an artisan market.

"It’s our eighth year doing the festival," said Leanne Buhler, retail operations manager at the Honeybee Centre.

"It’s a free family event to celebrate the community and honeybees and to share a bit of our facility with the public."

Live demonstrations during the two-day fest will include "bee beards" where bees will gather along the chin and neck of a volunteer, honey extraction and a show by Surrey’s Cinemazoo.

Typically, the festival sees about 3,000 over the weekend, said Buhler.

"We’ll be extracting two frames of fresh honey and then everybody can taste them or take them home," explained Buhler.

"It’s a free, easy-going event. Just drop in, watch some shows…. There’s lots of perusing and shopping to do."

Balloon animals are by donation, with free face painting and carnival games set up in the centre’s parking lot.

The Honeybee Festival starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday (July 26). Admission to the event is free.