With their state insect being the honeybee, Tennessee takes their local honey pretty seriously. In fact, they take it so seriously that they're having their third annual Tennessee Honey Festival at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (600 James Robertson Parkway) in Nashville on Sunday, October 3rd. And the world should be glad that they're having this event. Why? Because, save the bees, am I right?
Tennessee Honey Festival: 3rd Annual Event to Save the Bees!
The Tennessee Honey Festival is a grand event focused on emphasizing and enhancing public awareness of preserving honey bees, so that the buzzing little pollinators can continue helping the earth flourish naturally the way it's supposed to. Founded by the U.S. Pest Protection, the Music City festival serves as a public awareness campaign for the ongoing bee crisis. It will provide a space for local beekeepers to display and sell their honey, for educating the general public on the importance of bees and beekeeping, and for the entire family to have fun and spend time together.
Along with all the honey vendors, there will be other activities including live music performances, educational beekeeping seminars, interactive bee-keeping classes, food trucks, and arts and crafts for the kids. The Williams Honey Farm- Mobile Bee Yard Classroom, an outdoor interactive beekeeping classroom exhibit, will be there for visitors to experience beekeeping first-hand and up close. Based in Middle Tennessee, the farm is known for the "Best Tasting Honey in Tennessee," and has been featured in People Magazine, Southern Living, Native Magazine, Edible Nashville, and The Tennessean.
The event has garnered more than 10,000 people in the past, featuring more than 100 vendors. Originally to be held in First Horizon Park, the festival was moved to cater to its growing number of attendees. TV and radio personality Suzanne Alexander will be hosting and artists Mo Pitney, Jeremy McComb, the Dryes, and Morgan Alexander will be performing. Kids will get to decorate a beehive, have their faces painted, check out a mobile bee yard, and run around a designated kid's area.
General admission festival tickets are ten dollars, and you can find the link for them here. According to the official website, tennesseehoneyfestival.com, the event also offers the VIBee Experience, which gives you exclusive access to drink samples, the festival VIP area, and an extra three drink tickets. You'll get to watch live music from great seats in a treetop-shaded amphitheater while sampling the most savory honey-infused cocktails. So why don't you celebrate the fall season by coming out of your own beehive and supporting the preservation of nature's favorite pollinators?!
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