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National Honey
National Honey

Apiculture, or honey, was first judged by the Agricultural Society in 1888 although honeybees arrived in the new colony in 1822 aboard the ship Isabella in order to provide the new settlers with one more comfort from home. Indigenous people harvested sugarbag honey from native Australian bees long before the European honeybees arrived, but it wasn’t until 2019 native honey began to attract new interest and joined the competition.

Today the Sydney Royal National Honey Show is one of Australia’s most prestigious honey competitions and the only one awarding gold, silver and bronze medals. Launched in 2010 the competition also assesses candles, beeswax, pollen and mead alongside chunk, comb, liquid, natural granulated and creamed honey.


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