On September 6, 2023

Golden Honey Fest: A sweet celebration of bees and Vermont’s finest


Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—PROCTORSVILLE—Every September, the Okemo Valley comes alive with the Vermont Golden Honey Festival. This event has been repeatedly voted one of the “Top 10 Fall Events” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and for good reason. With a perfect blend of a farmers market, craft fair, and a celebration of all things honey, this festival offers a unique experience for locals and tourists alike. 

A fusion of flavors: honey and local produce

At the Vermont Golden Honey Festival, honey takes center stage, infusing its way into every aspect of the event. Throughout the festival grounds, the aroma of honey apple pizza wafts through the air. It’s Goodman’s American Pie, a local favorite from Ludlow Vermont, brings their mouthwatering Honey Apple wood-fired pizza to the festival. Prepared in their 1940s-tow-truck-converted-into-a-mobile-wood-fired-beehive-pizza-oven, topped with the finest honey from Jess Goodman’s own hives in Proctorsville. 

But the honey-infused delights don’t stop at pizza. The festival is a haven for food lovers with a sweet tooth. Indulge in honey gin or mead for the adults, while the little ones can enjoy honey caramel sauce drizzled over ice cream. 

There’s something for everyone, from honey-infused kombucha to beeswax balms and soaps. The festival truly showcases the incredible versatility of honey and its ability to enhance the flavors of both savory and sweet dishes.

Buzzing with creativity: crafts and art inspired by bees

The craft fair is a treasure trove of unique items, all with a connection to bees. From honeybee print fabrics to handmade beeswax candles, the craftsmanship and attention to detail are impressive. Local artists and crafters pour their passion into their creations, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces that make perfect gifts or decor items.

For book lovers, there’s a selection of honey-related literature all about the world of bees.  Learn about their fascinating lives, and the role they play in our ecosystem. The festival also features activities for kids, ensuring that the whole family can enjoy a fun-filled day together. From face painting to educational workshops, children will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of bees in a playful and engaging way.

The Vermont Golden Honey Festival is an extraordinary celebration of bees, honey, and the creative spirit of produced by the Golden Stage Inn, 399 Depot St. in Ludlow, and Goodman’s American Pie.

For more information visit: goldenstageinn.com/vermont-honey-festival.

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