On Friday, we had the pleasure of visiting the new addition to the Honeybee Centre in Surrey. Fry’s Corner Beestro, which officially opened their doors on June 6, 2015.
This once attached greenhouse has gone through a great transformation from Bug Lab, a space to celebrate a birthday or to learn about beekeeping on a school tour. It has now been transformed into a rustic and inviting place to sit with friends or family and enjoy a coffee and a honey inspired treat. The Beestro is open Monday – Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
When we arrived on site we were greeted by the smiling face of Dilly the Clown and his pal Mango from Click & Clown Company. Dilly and Mango spent the evening playing with the children and making them balloons. My middle son Nathan took to him at first sight and could be found playing with him a good portion of the evening.
We started our evening with some honey infused ice tea and quickly moved into a beekeeping presentation.
Here are 5 fun facts about Honeybees:
- The Queen Bee can live up to 5 years and lays up to 2500 eggs a day.
- Each honey bee colony has a unique odour for members’ identification.
- A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honeybees and one queen.
- Male honey bees do not have stingers.
- Only worker bees sting, and only if they feel threatened and they die once they sting.
Once we finished with our presentation we were lucky enough to be able to sample the honey being made in that very hive. I have never tasted honey that was fresh from the hive so it was a sweet treat!
We then gathered together to enjoy the Beestro’s honey inspired menu filled with fresh salads, warm paninis and home made soups. This menu has been designed by a team of foodies on staff and their two chefs. They’ve created a simple menu of favourties each with a sweet honey twist!
“I wanted the menu to be healthy, fresh, unique, and everything that I would eat myself so that’s where the initial ideas came from. The chefs have elevated the paninis from something I would make at home to something that you would crave enough to visit us again and again. – Leanne Buhler, on the creation of the menu.“
I hate to admit but I am a terribly picky eater and have slowly been coming out of my comfort zone and trying and tasting new and different foods. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I truly enjoyed these different honey inspired items. We will definitely be coming back for a Strawberry Spinach Salad with crumbled goat cheese, walnuts and a honey balsamic drizzle and a Brie and Roasted Chicken Paninis!
The evening would not have been complete without a visit from the Honeybee Centre Mascot.
Honeybee Centre invites you to join them for their interactive presentation and beekeeping demonstration! During the interactive presentation you will learn the A, Bee and C’s of a honeybee life in the hive. You will then be amazed by the live beekeeping demonstration, weather permitting. The brave staff will zip up a beekeeping suit and walk you through the delicate work of a beekeeper. After the presentation and demonstration, they welcome you to stay a while in the presentation room and explore some fun hands on games.
Per Person: $15
Family of 4: $15
Children 3 & under: FREE
Saturday, Sunday and Stat Holidays
12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
They also offer birthday parties, group tours and school field trips. Visit them online for more details.
Connect with the Honeybee Centre Online
The Honeybee Centre Giveaway!
The Honeybee Centre has a gift basket loaded up with honey and other goodies from their shop worth $100 to share with 1 of our readers!
Open to residences of British Columbia, who are able to pick up prize in person at the Honeybee Centre in Surrey. Must be age of majority. Ends July 20, 2015.