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Honey Competition

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During its 5th edition of the International Symposium on Bee Products, the International Honey Commission will be organising a Beehive Products Exhibition and Competition.
We are encouraging participants to bring along honey samples and any other beehive products such as propolis, royal jelly, pollen, wax products and any other product from the hive including mead and food products.  The products will be showcased in an exhibition during the symposium and the honey will be judged by international judges.  

This would be an excellent opportunity to showcase beekeeping techniques and abilities to produce the purest honey, the best wax and the most gastronomic goodies from the beehive.  Participants, who are not beekeepers, can display any product on behalf of their local beekeepers during the exhibition.  They also can submit honey samples to enter the honey competition. 
The International Honey Commission will exhibit the best examples of beehive products submitted. Participants must register for the symposium prior displaying any beehive products and/or take part in the honey competition.  

General Rules

Operators that want to take part in the competition must follow and accept the general rules.
International participants must present their honey jars and/or other items for the exhibition at the registration desk on 1st day of the symposium (7th May 2019) before 9.00am. Maltese participants must present their honey samples by the 30th April 2019 at the Malta Beekeepers Association Council.

  1. All honey samples should have been produced in the last 12 months.
  2. All honey samples should be delivered in two separate and colourless Jars (minimum 212 ml per jar). One jar for the contest with no labels, tamper proof seals, marking, etc., and one jar for the exhibition ready for the market (with label, etc.).  In order to guarantee the impartiality of the analysis, samples will be collected and tagged with a code number.
  3. The honey samples will be evaluated for their sensory characteristics.
  4. Jar conditions are part of the evaluation.  Honey in poor and old Jars will receive a low score in the specific evaluation.
  5. Honey samples that receive a good sensory evaluation will be analysed for HMF content and moisture content. 
  6. According to analysis results, the Commission will subject the honey samples to a re-evaluation and winner will be decided.
  7. The classes of the competition are: 
a. Multifloral Honey 
b. Honeydew Honey
c. Unifloral honey (for common botanical origin the sample with uncommon denominations will be  considered as multifloral honey). 
  1. Members of the judging committee will not be allowed to participate in the competition.

Visual, olfactory, tasting and tactile characteristics will also be evaluated.

Criteria for sensorial/visual analysis: 

d. Appearance (correct fill level, cleanliness and clarity of the honey)
e. Colour 
f. Scent 
g. Flavour-aroma 
h. Texture and viscosity 
i. Cleanliness of the package/jar and lid

Ribbons will be given in all classes as follows:
  • First Place: Blue
  • Second Place: Red
  • Third Place: White
  • Best in Show: Purple

The decisions of the judges are final.