Much like silk, honey comes from an insect and makes for an attention-grabbing evening gown. Make a delicious statement with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $35 for a three-hour intro-to-beekeeping workshop and honey tasting seminar for one (an $85 value)
- $66 for a three-hour intro-to-beekeeping workshop and honey tasting seminar for two (a $170 value)
- $124 for a three-hour intro-to-beekeeping workshop and honey tasting seminar for four (a $340 value)<p>
Bee enthusiasts will see the basics of beekeeping in each three-hour workshop and seminar, granting an inside look at cultivated hives and how bees live. Attendees also learn how to build a honeycomb foundation and hive and observe a live bee colony, which is housed in see-through hives to avoid stinging. During the honey tasting, small groups bounce questions off the beekeeper as they taste wildly different monofloral honeys from specific locales or plants. These workshops and seminars take place at Western Garden Nursery in Pleasanton. The beekeeping workshop is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the honey tasting is from 11 a.m. to noon, both on Saturday and Sunday.<p>
More than a century ago, an industrious farmer named Gerard enlisted the help of bees to pollinate his family estate. Inadvertently, the buzzing insects fertilized a new passion for Gerard, one that would become a family tradition.
Four generations later, Gerard’Z Honeybees' bustling hives create more than a dozen local and monofloral honeys from such plants as star thistle, orange blossoms, and avocado blossoms. Because the honeys are completely raw and natural, they maintain the micro-nutritious qualities often left out of industrial varieties, and they may help allergy sufferers to acclimate to their local pollen varieties.
Gerard’Z holds year-round beekeeping workshops and honey tasting seminars at local wineries, nurseries, and farmers’ markets throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley. During the classes and tastings, bee experts demystify the process of maintaining a hive, and people get the chance to taste the difference between clover honey, buckwheat honey, black sage honey, and Doritos honey. Gerard’Z also helps to maintain the delicate honeybee population by finding homes for wild swarms or colonies that have built hives in unwanted places and might otherwise fall prey to exterminators.