May each year is set aside as Honey Month – a month long celebration of honey.
Australian beekeepers produce many great varieties of honey yet what is often not recognized is the vital role that the humble honey bee plays in the food security for Australia. While many know how good honey tastes and how good it is for you, the vital link between honey bees, the production of the foods we eat every day and food security if often not understood. It is estimated that one in three mouthfuls of food we eat relies on the honey bee for pollination of that food.
Food Security needs Bee Security
Queensland Beekeepers Association and many of its members have celebrated Honey Month events over these past years with public displays in libraries and shopping centers, provided talks to many organizations and been involved in school activities and learning modules. One week long interactive display at the Qld Parliamentary Annexe highlighted and raised awareness of the humble, yet important honey bee to Parliamentarians, media personnel and guests.
World Bee Day
May 20th each year celebrates World Bee Day
On this day, world wide, there are celebrations to raise awareness of the significance and value of of bees and other pollinators and to unite in encouraging improved conditions for bees to build pollination security and to safeguard our food security.
Raise awareness and join a celebration on World Bee Day – 20th May 2021
QBA Annual Conference
usually during June each year
information on dates, place and speakers will be posted when available
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, essential business only was covered via internet communication with QBA Members.
Conference held on 30 to 31 May at Bribie Island
Field Day held on 1st June.
A one day, Members only Conference held on 27 June at the Gold Coast (while at the 3rd Australian Bee Congress 27 – 30 June).
Trade Show- 27 to 30 June with 70 providers of beekeeping products and services from Australia and the world during these 4 days of Congress.
Conference held on 29 to 30 June at Gympie
Field Day held on 1st July
Conference held on 13 to 14 July in Townsville
Field Day trip on 16th July
QBA Honey Court
at the Brisbane Ekka in August
Beekeepers in Qld have been exhibiting honey at the Brisbane Exhibition (Ekka) since the first display in 1875.
QBA is an integral part of the Ekka Agricultural Pavilion and has been giving live bee demonstrations for well over 100 years.
The current Honey Court structure sees over 70 volunteers come to help assisting in educational activities, in particular the opening of a bee hive to show and explain the mysteries of beekeeping as well as extracting honey.
Free honey tasting, the sale of honey and bee products, including beeswax and honey mead are also available at the Honey Court.
The annual Apicultural Competition brings together an impressive display of honeys from many different floral sources, pollen, beeswax and honey mead.
2020 – The Ekka (or Exhibition) was formed in 1875 and for only the 3rd time in its history, 2020’s event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021 – Planning is underway for Ekka to run Saturday7 August to Sunday 15 August 2021.
September biennial event
Every second year beekeepers from around the world meet together for Apimondia, the world beekeeping Congress.
2019 Apimondia was held in September in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where 5,500 participants attended, 320 scientific and general beekeeping lectures were presented as well an an extensive ApiExpo where beekeeping manufacturers, scientific companies and researchers showcased the latest and best in all things beekeeping from around the world. A number of QBA members and other Australian beekeepers attend each Apimondia and 2019 was no exception.
Apimondia information including 2019 reports and presentations given are available at the Apimondia website.
Apimondia 2021 has been postponed due to Covid-19 global pandemic. It is now rescheduled for September 2022 in Ufa, Russia.
2020 Australian Pollinator Week
15 to 20 September
A time to celebrate together to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and supporting their needs.
Australian Pollinator Week acknowledges our unique insect pollinators and raises awareness of the importance of pollinators and support their needs.
Many 2020 Australian Pollinator Week Events were online or virtual events wherever possible.
Visit the Australian Pollinator Week website for more information.
Visit the Australian Museum website to read about “What is Pollination?”
National Ag Day
Friday 20 November 2020
National Ag Day is a day dedicated to Australian agriculture and the people behind it, Australian farmers.
Celebrate Australia’s beekeepers and their many workers, who may be small in number but have a HUGE impact in the production and security of our food supply.
Some 2/3 of all the food we eat first requires honey bees to pollinate the plant’s flowers to allow the fruit, vegetable, seed or nut to grow. Honey bees also contribute to the meat we eat with some livestock feed crops dependent on pollination.
On 20th November (and every day) celebrate Australia’s beekeepers for the work they do in not only bringing you honey for your toast and pancakes but also securing the production of much of the food we all enjoy every day. Beekeepers use their skill and knowledge of honey bees and the pollination needs of individual food crops and spend large amounts of time transporting their hives to these pollination dependent plants to assist other farmers in their work of growing food for our nation.
BEEKEEPERS are SMALL in number but have a HUGE IMPACT in our everyday lives and the everyday food we eat.
CELEBRATE the humble HONEY BEE and the BEEKEEPERS who care for them.
Learn more about “The extraordinary honey bee and its impact on the food we eat”
in the AgriFutures publication of October 2020
To view a collection of Honey Bee Articles visit the Primary Industries Education Foundation’s web portal, Primezone.
These are aligned to the Australian National School Curriculum with teacher resources from Kindergarten to Year 12.