Northern Ireland Honey Show Schedule

N.I. Honey Show 2013

The N.I. Honey Show will adopt the Rules and Regulations of the City of Belfast Autumn Flower Show, which are printed on pages 5-7 of the Schedule 2013 and in addition the recommendations published in the BBKA’s Guide for Judges and Exhibitors of Honey and Bee Produce of March 1993.



  1. All honey and beeswax must be the product of the exhibitor’s own apiary with the exception of Class 116.
  2. All extracted honey must be exhibited in standard, clear glass squat or deep 454g (1lb) honey jars with secure, easily removable covers, to the satisfaction of the Judge.
  3. No honey exhibits will be sold, unless requested by the exhibitor.
  4. All exhibits must be unlabelled, except class 98.
  5. Honey colour British Standards Institutions (No. 1656) filters (Glasses) will be used.
  6. Mead must be in colourless, clear glass, round shouldered, punted full sized wine bottles with flanged stoppers, filled to allow a 6mm to 9mm (1/4 in, to 3/4in.) air space.
  7. Mead must be made by exhibitor, not fortified in any manner, and with no added fruit or flavouring.
  8. Children, young persons under 18 years or their eco-schools or other youth clubs/groups may enter class 90-115 with the exception of 106 subject to the rules above. There is no entry fee for such in all classes including Class 116.

Health and Safety – exhibitors preparing wax or any other exhibits or ingredients by heating, baking or boiling should do so with access to first aid equipment and foam or powder fire extinguishers. The heating of wax should under no circumstances take place where there is the possibility of wax vapour coming into contact with a spark or naked flame. Cold water should never be allowed to come in contact with hot wax.


1st – 4 points 2nd – 3 points 3rd – 2 points


And £10 Special Prize

For Exhibitor scoring highest aggregate points in Classses 90-106

Runner Up receives £10


and £10 Prize.

For the Belfast and District Beekeepers’ member scoring highest aggregate points in Classes 90-106

PRIZE MONEY            1st           2nd          3rd

                                                            £                      £                      £

Classes 90-97,99

101,103-115                4              3              2

Classes 98, 100,

102                                 7              5              4



Class 90        Two sections of honey any type (glazed or unglazed)

Class 91        Two cut comb honey in plastic containers 101mmx76mm (4in. X 3in.) to between 190g 260g (7oz-9oz) weight.

Class 92        Two jars light honey.

Class 93        Two jars medium honey.

Class 94        Two jars dark honey.

Class 95        Two jars creamed/soft set honey.

Class 96        Two jars granulated honey.

Class 97        Two jars chunk honey.

Class 98        THE McComb Cup. Twelve jars of honey, any type, in any size of container but all the same. Labelled according to current legislation on honey for sale.

Class 99        Six blocks of beeswax (each between 25g and 30g).

Class 100      One cake of beeswax 227g to 454g (1/2lb to 1lb).

Class 101      THE EDDIE BYRNE CUP. One frame for extracting.

Class 102      Collection of bee products, consisting of three or more of the following: two sections, two jars light honey, two jars medium honey, two jars dark honey, two jars chunk honey, two jars granulated honey, two jars creamed/soft set honey, two 8oz boxes of cut comb, one cake beeswax not less than 8oz weight. Four blocks of beeswax (each between 25g and 30g), one bottle of mead, one candle. A space approx 3ft deep by 4ft wide (914mm x 1219mm) will be available. Each exhibitor may make use of anything they consider will add to the display.

Class 103      Polish or Furniture Cream in any size of tin or jar.

Class 104      THE U.B.K.A. PRESIDENT’S SHIELD. Honey Fruit Cake.

Ingredients:225g/8oz self raising flour, 175g/6oz sultanas, 175g/6oz honey, 110g/4oz butter, 2 medium eggs, pinch of salt.

Preparation: Cream butter and honey together well. Beat eggs and add alternately with sifted flour and salt (save a little flour to add with sultanas). Beat mixture well and lightly. A little milk may be added if necessary, fold in sultanas and stir well and pour into a prepared 180mm/7in. round tin. Bake in a pre-heated oven 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for approximately 1 ¼ hours.

Class 105      One moulded candle made from pure beeswax by the exhibitor.

Class 106      One bottle of mead.

Class 107      Public Interest/ Education about beekeeping. Any interesting or instructive Exhibit related to bees or beekeeping not including live bees. The display area that is required must not exceed 600mm x 600mm (2ft x 2ft) for bench display.

Class 108      Any decorative or artistic exhibit relating to bees or beekeeping. Dimensions must be stated on entry form. The required display area must not exceed 600mm x 600 mm (2ft x 2ft). Brief description of exhibit is permitted.

Class 109      Confectionery. Honey sweets and or Honey Chocolates displayed in a box with a transparent lid or covering (at least 8 sweets/chocolates, all the same type, and no more than 12).

Class 110      Biscuits. In an airtight tin/box. Six biscuits, which taste of honey.

Class 111      Honey Fruit Loaf. Exhibits must be made from the following recipe.

Ingredients: 150g/5oz self raising flour, ½ level tsp ground cinnamon, 60g/2oz caster sugar, 90g/3oz sultanas, 75g 2 ½ oz clear honey, 30g/1oz butter or margarine, 1tbsp milk, 1 egg.

Method: Sieve flour with cinnamon. Add sugar and fruit. Melt butter or margarine with honey over low heat and stir into dry ingredients with beaten egg and milk. Mix well and pour into a greased and lined 500g/1lb loaf tin. Bake at 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2 for about 1 hour.


ADAIR CUP – Highest aggregate of points, classes 112-115. (For those who have never won a First Prize in Honey Show Classes at any venue).

Class 112      One jar honey, any type.

Class 113      One section honey (glazed or unglazed).

Class 114      One frame honey for extracting

Class 115      One cut comb honey in plastic container 102mm x 76mm (4in. x 3in.) approx 225g (8oz weight).



For advice and guidance on these classes, contact

Health and Safety – minors preparing wax or any other exhibits or ingredients by heating, baking or boiling should do so with access to first aid equipment and foam or powder fire extinguishers. The heating of wax should under no circumstances take place where there is a possibility or wax vapour coming into contact with a spark or naked flame. Cold water should never be allowed to come in contact with hot wax or vegetable oil.

Class 116      THE LESLIE THORNE PERPETUAL ECO-SCHOOL SHIELD. £30 First Prize, £20 Second Prize and £10 Third Prize.

Exhibits are welcome from primary school eco-clubs. Displays are limited to one per school 900mm x 900mm x 900mm (3ft x 3ft x 3ft). The entries can be either about bumblebees or honeybees with regard to any one or combination of the following: biology of the bee, behaviour of the bee, housing of the bee, habitat and forage of the bee, the benefit of these insects to our environment regarding plant life and food supply for birds, animals and humans. The decision of the Judge will be final.

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