Honey Tasting Laboratory Workshops™
at Red Bee Apiary
Come Taste the Terroir of Honey!
Red Bee Apiary’s “Talk, Tour and Honey Tastings” are opportunities for you to visit a working apiary and experience honey at its source. Beekeeper and Honey Sommelier, Marina will treat guest to a tour of her Red Bee Apiary and Gardens, once the home of celebrity ballerina and author Gelsey Kirkland and dancing partner of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Guest will gather at a communal farmhouse style table surrounded by our apiary and edible gardens to explore and taste single-origin honey. Learn how honeybees make this liquid gold we call honey, how terroir and nectar source determines a honeys color and flavor and how honey is harvested and extracted from the hive. Most importantly – Learn how to select quality honeys and identify adulterated and honey fraud in the marketplace. Participants will be encouraged to engage their curiosity through discussions while learning how to identify flavor profiles in honey and their floral sources. Each menu is a carefully orchestrated “Tasting Flight” of seven single-origin local honeys and seven perfectly paired with seasonal accompaniments; locally and estate produced – cheese, fruit, chocolate, olive oils, nuts, bread, spices or herbs. Guest will record their tasting impressions on the Honey Tasting score sheet based upon aroma, color, flavor, taste and pairings. Talk, Tour and Honey Tastings are truly the Art of Honey for all it’s Culinary Pleasures!
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Talk, Tours and Honey Tastings events last 90 minutes unless otherwise stated in event details, including Q&A. RSVP and pre-payment is required to reserve your spot. Guest will be welcomed to make browse and make purchases of Red Bee honey, copies of Marina’s books or other product offerings. All events take place outside in our apiary gardens, guest are encouraged to dress according to the weather and set a rain date to reserve their place on our calendar.
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Honey Tasting with a Harvest Demonstration – $85.00 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
This Talk, Tour and Honey Tasting is a once a year treat in that you will experience a honey harvest and taste fresh honey straight from the beehive. Learn how and why honeybees make honey and about their essential pollination services for 80% of our fresh foods. We will gather at a communal farm table for a tasting flight of 5 US honeys from important nectar sources for our nations honeybees along with 5 perfectly paired accompaniments. A rare and special treat for anyone who adores honey! One bottle of honey and a signed copy of Marina’s book Honeybee Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper included – please only one per guest.
Join our group afterwards for Dutch dinner in Westport and a FREE concert by Jose Feliciano at the Levitt Pavilion. Tickets can be reserved at Levitt Pavilion
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Local East Coast Honey Tasting Dates – $65.00 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Locavores interested in your local honey choices from East coast floral sources: Linden, Black Locust, Blueberry blossom, Bamboo, Cranberry, Buckwheat and Wildflower from various local regions. Taste a piece of East Coast culinary heritage. This is our last event for the season. We still are accepting private groups of 6 or more please contact us for more information.
Planning Your Visit to Red Bee Apiary:
Red Bee Apiary is located in the quaint town of Weston in Fairfield County Connecticut. We welcome visitors to spend some time in the area as we are less than 10 miles form the beaches on the Long Island Sound and boast many lovely restaurants, entertainment and hiking trails. Here are a few resources to make your visit pleasurable. Please contact us with any questions, we would be happy to answer any questions.
If you are traveling from out of town here are a few resources to make your trip easier.
How to get to Red Bee Apiary:
Red Bee ® Apiary and Gardens is located in Weston, CT MAP QUEST We are one hour outside of NYC and easily accessible by car or train from the tri-state area.
Travel by Train:
Red Bee is seven miles from the Westport Metro North train station.
Taxi service is available at the train station. From New York City: At Grand Central Station, take Metro North’s New Haven Railroad line to the Westport, Connecticut train station.
Buy tickets and review train schedule: Metro North Train Schedule.
Travel by Air:
Where to Stay:
Here is a list of local accommodations in and around the Weston area.
*Please Note: If for any reason you cannot attend the workshop or the designated rain date after you have reserved and paid, you are welcomed to attend any other tasting event at Red Bee Apiary throughout the summer provided we receive at least 48 hours notice of cancellation. We will accommodate your reservation change one time only. If you are unable to attend the second date of your choice we will not be able to refund your money as workshops fill up quickly and we plan staff, rentals and menus on behalf of your registration. If we do not receive your cancellation, we will expect that you are coming and set a place for you. Please let us know if you have conflicts as soon as possible so that we may accommodate you.
Visitors to Red Bee Apiary will be required to sign a standard liability waiver to cover the cost of insurance while spending time on the property.