Bee Fayre will have Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park buzzing

The bee will be celebrated in food and drink form

The bee will be celebrated in food and drink form

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Wilton Lodge Park is a hive of activity in preparation for Sunday’s eagerly anticipated Bee Fayre.

The event marks the high point of the park’s Year of the Bee with regional producers taking on the honey or bee theme with their food and drink.

Wilton Lodge Park’s events manager, Gordon Webber, said: “We thought it would be an interesting challenge for some of the food producers to see if they could come up with some products that incorporate the honey or bee theme.

“The fayre has now become part of the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland.

“We’ve got Born in the Borders Brewery creating a special honey beer, and treats from producers such as Border Meringues, the Damascus Drum, the Juicy Meat Company and Over Langshaw Ice Cream.

“On top of this, we’ve all kinds of bee-related activities featuring a bee ceilidh with Riddell Fiddles, bee walks, crafts, and displays from the Border Beekeepers’ Association.

“We have even got the Saxhorn Band returning to do a set in the bandstand. We just want it to be a big celebration.”

As part of the event, townsfolk are invited to enter the fayre’s baking competition which comprises various
categories for children and adults.

“We thought it might be a fun way to get folk involved with the fayre in another way that uses their creativity,” explained Mr Webber.

“We’ll enlist the help of some of the local producers and the Border Beekeepers’ Association to do the final judging, and we’ll have our own Great Bee Bake-off.”

Prizes will be awarded for: ages 12-and-under for the best cake recipe using honey as an ingredient; ages 13-and-over for the best cake recipe using honey as an ingredient; ages 12-and-under for the best decorated cake using a bee theme; and ages 13-and-over for the best decorated cake using a bee theme. Entries need to be on site and registered by 1pm on the day.

The Bee Fayre takes place in the area around the Elliot Bandstand from 11am to 4pm. Admission is free and the activities are open to all ages.

More info from Gordon Webber at gordon.webber@scotborders.gov.uk or on 07580 789819.