Look, bees are important, OK? They really are. Without bees, we’re basically screwed. Don’t bee-lieve us? Google it, it’s science. Unfortunately bees are under threat by disease and climate change, which is just one reason why the California Honey Festival in downtown Woodland on Saturday, May 5 is so important. “This festival was created to help develop an interest in beekeeping by the younger generation as well as to educate the public to support honey and their beekeepers,” states the website, CaliforniaHoneyFestival.com. “It is important for the community to appreciate and understand the importance of bees as our master pollinators and how important they are to our food diversity here in the United States.” This all-ages, family-friendly festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features dozens of vendors selling arts and crafts, plus many educational elements including cooking demonstrations and learning how to grow bee-friendly plants in your garden. Get tips directly from members of the UC Davis Master Beekeeper Program! Refresh yourself with beer and wine selections, including four meaderies (mead is often referred to as a “honey wine”) and get down with plenty of all-things-honey. Plus, there will be live music from Mojo Green, Cameron Calloway, The Sam Chance and the Untraditional, City of Trees Brass Band and The Gold Souls, so you really can’t go wrong at the California Honey Festival. Check out Facebook.com/CaliforniaHoneyFestival for details and remember, be good to bees!

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 15 of issue #264 (April 23 – May 7, 2018)**