There was great interest in the second Ashford Honey Festival with some 40 people registering to sign up for the organisers Ashford Beekeepers Association.
The inaugural festival took place last year at Ashford Community and Heritage Centre and proved such a success it was decided to make it an annual event.
The number showing up on Saturday far exceeded visitors to last year's festival. Minister of State Andrew Doyle officially opened the festival, while Wicklow Rose Lorna Mallick added a touch of glamour to proceedings. Matthew Jebb Director of the National Botanic Garden was the main speaker. Attractions included an educational room, observational hives, honey tastings and sales, bee friendly plant sales, a homemade cake stall, face painting, raffles, crafts and a hot food stall.
Jackie Stone, the main organiser of the festival, was delighted with the response.
'It was a fantastic day and we had great crowds throughout the day. Some people even started arriving before we even opened because they wanted to get particular types of honey. We sold out all of our cakes and most of our plants. We had an educational hut which was thronged all day long. The guys who ran it were exhausted once the festival finished. 40 people were interested in joining the Ashford Beekeepers Association which is a really big deal for us. We currently have 130 members so 40 people expressing an interest in joining is great. There was huge interest among people who either wanted to become a beekeeper or wanted to learn more about the whole process'.