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10th annual Honey Festival highlights the importance of bees

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Now through Sunday, Philadelphia-area bee keepers are celebrating honey and the honey harvest season. The annual honey festival aims to bring attention to conservation, bees, and the important role they play in our lives.

The 10th Annual Honey Festival is underway throughout the City of Philadelphia.

“It is a series of festivals that takes place at gardens throughout the city that tells the story bee keeping, of honey that’s being produced here in Philadelphia, of people learning about the life of hives and also about the opportunity to learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators and the important role they play in our ecosystem,” said Justin DiBerardinis, director of programs at Bartram’s Garden.

He says the final day of the Honey Festival is the biggest day.

“We get well over a thousand people coming to this event every year,” he said.

DiBernardinis says they open up their hives for demonstrations. Bee keepers from around the area come to sell their honey. There’s music, a kids bee parade and more.

“It is a family friendly event,” he added. “It is an incredible experience for children and families just to enjoy free fun outside in one of Philadelphia’s greatest gardens.”

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