The Black Jar Honey Contest

The Center for Honeybee Research’s First Annual Black Jar Honey Contest was a big success. Twelve celebrity judges gathered to select what their taste buds told them were the yummiest blends gathered by the bees. This year your winning entry can earn even more money, and every entry helps honeybees.

The Second Annual Black Jar Honey Contest is accepting entries from anywhere, until October 31. It’s called “black jar” because the original concept was to transfer honey to a container that revealed nothing about it that could influence the judges’ opinion. Formal servers dip a straw into honey for the taster while keeping the jar out of view. Entries will be identified with an arbitrary sequence of numbers coded to a top secret index of entries. Judges cleanse their palettes between each tasting.

To enter, you don’t need a black jar, but you do need to provide three jars of honey. The additional unopened jars with legitimate labels in place will be displayed on tables for the judges and press outside of the tasting area. Eventually, the jars of honey, featuring your name and phone number, will be sold to consumers as a fundraiser for the Center. That’s quite an opportunity for exposure and potential additional sales, and to show the public a glimpse of the immense variety of real honey they rarely see in grocery stores.

Details may be found at: www.centerforhoneybeeresearch.org/Happenings/2012BlackJarHoneyContest.aspx.

The prize for first place is $500, second is $250, and third is $125.

Regardless of whether you enter this contest, it’s a great idea to increase the public’s awareness of the glories of real honey, and may be a great fundraiser for your bee club.

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