With summer around the corner, Utah’s honeybees are waking up.

The annual Honeybee Festival, presented by Slow Food Utah on June 1, features presentations about beekeeping, demonstrations, honey tasting, children's activities and tips on bee-friendly gardening.

Honeybee Workshops:

1:30–2:15 p.m. Myths, misconceptions and truths about bees and beekeeping by Frank Whitby, City Beekeeper

2:45–3:30 p.m. Honey bee biology by Chris Rodesch, City Beehive Inspector

4–4:30 p.m. Impacts of a Slow Food Utah microgrant: Urban beekeeping in Salt Lake City by Frank Whitby, City Beekeeper

Honeybees are important pollinators in Utah and help grow our vegetables, fruits, nuts and their own remarkable food, honey. Beekeeping in Utah is a growing interest and many cities are revising local laws to make raising your own bees easier in urban areas. If you’re interested in learning more about beekeeping visit utahbeekeepers.com.

Check out more honeybee info in The Hive section of our June 2013 Salt Lake magazine issue. The Honeybee Festival is held at Sorenson Unity Center, 1383 S. 900 West, SLC. Visit slowfoodutah.org for more info.