Apiarists love the Felton Valley for its wide array of native vegetation and cultivated crops, so it is very common to see bee hives stacked carefully in the corners of paddocks. Bees also need a good supply of water which is sourced from livestock troughs and from Hodgson Creek that flows through the middle of the Valley. The flowering plants provide nectar that is taken back to the hive by the forager bees and made into honey. The honey is the bees’ food supply, so it is the job of the apiarist to ‘steal’ the honey for us to enjoy too. Bees also play an important role in helping to pollinate crops such as sunflowers and canola. Yields of these crops can almost double when there is good foraging activity by bees moving pollen from one flower to another. It is estimated around 10 tonnes of honey come from the Felton area every year.

Some of the 2017 Festival stallholders showcasing end products using Honey that can be produced in Felton are: