The Feast: A Celebration with Mead and Honey

May 12, 2015
Join us for our annual celebration, an evening filled with delicious food, beverage and music in honor of pollinators everywhere.


Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017

Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM

$150 per person

Location: Sensory Building, Robert Mondavi Institute

Registration will open on November 2, 2016

Early Bee Program: Honey Tasting

35 dinner participants will also have the opportunity to sign up and experience a honey tasting at 5:15PM before dinner begins. The tasting will take place in the Sensory Theater, Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building. Amina Harris, Director of the Center will lead this very special program. Space is limited and free with dinner reservation. First come first serve basis. Please email Liz Luu at if you would like to sign up for this event.



For the fourth consecutive year, the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute will host "The Feast: A Celebration with Mead and Honey" (Formerly known as the Mid-Winter Beekeeper's Feast) on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Robert Mondavi Institute on the UC Davis campus. This year, we will feature replanting the Good Life Garden in conjunction with the UC Davis Arboretum.

A Mediterranean inspired menu was created by Ann Evans, author of the Davis Farmer's Cookbook, and Kathi Riley, caterer and past chef at Zuni Cafe, San Francisco. We will begin the evening with mead cocktails at 6:00pm. Candlelight and music will set the relaxed atmosphere. A four course meal will follow and we will end the evening with the ultimate 'after dinner mead flight' led by legendary Darrell Corti.

Mead, a fermented blend of honey, water and often fruits, yeast, or spices, has been dated to about 7000 BCE. Ceramic shards found in Jiahu, Henan Province, China held a mead-like residue according to Dr. Patrick McGovern, the leading authority on ancient alcoholic beverages. According to the BBC the number of meaderies in the United States has grown in the last ten years from 30-40 meaderies to over 250.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used to support the outreach and education programs of the Honey and Pollination Center,  whose mission is “to make UC Davis a leading authority on bee health, pollination and honey quality”, according to the Center’s director, Amina Harris.

 Pictures from the 2016 Feast by Mick's Magic Moments

 View the rest of the photos: HERE


Pictures from 2015 Midwinter Feast

A fundraising dinner for the Center, the "Mid-Winter Beekeepers Feast" brought together a menu designed by Ann M. Evans, author of the Davis Farmer's Market Cookbook featuring pollination-inspired dishes like Navel and Blood Oranges with a Honey Cider Vinaigrette, and roasted lamb shank with rosemary-infused sage honey. "America's coolest grocer" Darrell Corti closed the evening leading a tasting with a flight of meads. Proceeds from the dinner were used to support outreach and education programs of the Honey and Pollination Center.


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

  • October 25, 2016: World of Honey Tasting Series (California)
  • January 12, 2017: Bootcamp in the Winery
  • January 13 & 14, 2017: Introduction to Mead Making
  • February 1, 2017: World of Honey Tasting Series (Northern America)
  • February 11, 2017: The Feast
  • April 18, 2017: World of Honey Tasting Series (International)
  • May 5-6, 2017: California Honey Festival (Woodland, CA)
  • May 7, 2017: 2017 Bee Symposium
  • June 12-13, 2017: Continuing Mead Making
  • June 14, 2017: Business of Mead Making


Other Campus Events

FALL 2016

Fall 2016: Seminars (UCD Ento/Nem)
Nov 19, 2016: "Uninvited Guests" (Bohart Museum)


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