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.


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  • The Styles and Nuances of Mead
    • *Cancelled--New tentative date: September 13-15, 2018)
  • The Feast: A Celebration of Mead and Honey
    • *Cancelled*
  • 2018 Bee Symposium
    • Saturday, March 3, 2018
    • Lead Speaker: Tom Seeley, Horace White Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, New York
  • California Honey Festival
    • Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Mead Making 201
    • Thursday, September 13 - Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Honey Sensory Experience
    • Friday, October 26 - Sunday, October 28

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


Past 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. 

An annual Festival committed to promoting everything related to honey and bees. Honey & Pollination Center is a proud sponsor of this event. 

The essential course for the professional buyer, importer, category manager, producer, packer or anyone who wants to gain expertise in the arena of honey analysis. Over two days, expert teachers will guide participants through a unique tasting and educational odyssey.

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.


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