Events at the Honey and Pollination Center

The Honey and Pollination Center offers many activities and educational events, including mead making short courses, honey tastings and the Bee Symposium.

Featured Event(s)

Friday, May 20 - Sat., May 21, 2016:

Honey Sensory Experience

Honey Variety

Upcoming Events: Click for Registration and More Information


  • Beginner's Introduction to Mead Making
    • Bootcamp: January 12, 2017
    • Two day program with information about meadmaking, recipes, filtration, tastings: January 13 & 14, 2017


Want to learn more about making mead? Watch our promo video by Meadology!


Annual Events, Photos and More Info

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A day long event discussing bee health and exploring best management practices help sustain the bee population for the future. 2016 Bee Symposium keynote speakers are Yves LeConte, Director, Research Unit UMR 406 Abeilles et Environnement and Research Director, I.N.R.A. and Dennis VanEngelsdorp, Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of Maryland and project director for the Bee Informed Partnership. 

The Honey and Pollination Center is at the forefront of ushering research on this ancient (and delicious!) beverage into the university setting. In collaboration with the world-renowned UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, curriculum is being developed to further the research into this fascinating and under-studied fermented beverage.

Held annually as a fundraising dinner for the Honey and Pollination Center, the Feast: A Celebration of Mead and Honey (previously known as the Mid-Winter Beekeeper's Feast) features a menu that highlights the importance of pollinators to so much of what is on our tables. With a menu designed by Ann M. Evans, author of The Davis Farmer’s Market Cookbook, the feast is catered by the famous Buckhorn Steakhouse, in Winters, Calif.

A free event that is open to the public and held each year on Picnic Day, "Pollination Day" includes free honey tastings, crafts for kids, bee costumes, and honey sales.


If you are interested in a Varietal Honey Tasting for a group or a small collection of friends, please contact the Center at .

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Events at the Center

The Honey and Pollination Center hosts several annual events including mead making short-courses, symposiums, public outreach events and fundraising dinners. Many of these are unique to the center, and to UC Davis. Mead-making short courses in a university environment have never been offered to hobbyists, professional mead makers, and the general public. The Bee Symposium, an annual event, brings together faculty from the esteemed UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology with bee researchers, experts and hobbyists from the United States and Canada. Click on the events below to learn more about each.


Upcoming Events at the Center

  • April 5, 2016: World of Honey - Honey Tasting Series (International)
  • April 16, 2016: Pollination Day (Picnic Day)
  • May 7, 2016: 2nd Annual Bee Symposium
  • May 20-21, 2016: Honey Sensory Experience
  • May 22, 2016: Honey Sensory Master Course
  • January 12, 2017: Bootcamp in the Winery
  • January 13 & 14, 2017: Introduction to Mead Making


Other Campus Events

MARCH 2016

March 2, 2016: Population Genomics of Social Evolution - Seminar
March 9, 2016: Talk by Diane Campbell - Seminar
March 21-23, 2016: Spring Break


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