Tour and tasting at Weston apiary features five endangered honeys

Beekeeper, author and founder of Red Bee Honey, Marina Marchese of Weston, will present a tour of her Red Bee apiary with an artisanal honey tasting of The Ark of Taste — five U.S. honeys in danger of extinction.

The event is set for Saturday, June 23, from 1 to 3 at Red Bee, 77 Lyons Plain Road, Weston.

The tasting of The Ark’s endangered honeys is the first event of its kind in the U.S. The Ark of Taste is an international catalog of foods that are threatened by industrial standardization, the regulations of large-scale distribution and environmental damage.

In an effort to cultivate consumer demand — key to agricultural conservation — only the best tasting endangered foods make it onto The Ark. All five honeys named by The Ark are all harvested in the U.S.

The event is sponsored by Slow Food Metro North (SFMN). Members and guests will be treated to an educational afternoon learning about how honeybees make honey and how honey is harvested, all while tasting these coveted honeys and gaining a finer understanding of traditional foods.

Ms. Marchese will also discuss the vital importance of the role honey bees play in the food chain.

Ms. Marchese is the president of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association in Connecticut. She studied the sensory analysis of honey tasting in Montalcino, Italy, and has presented her signature Honey Tasting Laboratory Workshops at top shelf New York City venues like Murray’s Cheese Shop, Artisanal Premium Cheese Center and Eataly.

Slow Food Metro North will be honoring Ms. Marchese with a Snail of Approval award at this event.

Tickets are $35 per person. Space is limited to 25 guests.

To learn more or to get tickets, visit

The rain date is Saturday, June 30, 1-3 p.m.

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