12 May 2022

World Bee Day at Capital Region Farmers Market

| Shayna Siakimotu
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Celebrate World Bee Day at Capital Region Farmers Market on Saturday 21 May. Image: Capital Region Farmers Market.

Celebrate World Bee Day at Capital Region Farmers Market on Saturday 21 May 2022.

We all need to contribute to the survival of our glorious bees, and the very important role they play in our food supply.

At the Market, most of our stallholders depend on bees and other pollinating insects to survive. And so together we recognise the importance of World Bee Day to raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping to the world.

On Saturday 21 May 2022, you’re invited to join the Markets for a family fun day to promote the importance of bees for the supply of our food.

They will be welcoming a swarm of specialty stallholders including:

  • A range of honey related stallholders
  • ACT for Bees
  • Rotary Club of Hall tent with guest speakers and displays.
  • Join Rotary Club of Hall for a sample of a traditional Slovenian honey breakfast, with
    bread, honey, and apples from the Market.

The Market will also be hosting a hive of events on the day, including:

  • Bee-themed face painting.
  • Colouring in tent – come and colour in our friendly bee and place him at home in his hive on the Farmers Market Hive Wall.
  • Make a badge – colour in your bee and we’ll turn him into your very own badge to take home and wear with pride.
  • Join the CRFM Honey Trail scavenger hunt! Find the 10 bees located around the Market from stallholders who feature honey-themed food and receive a $10 voucher to buy your own special treat.

Everyone is invited to come to the Market dressed in a bee-themed costume and take a photo in front of the Farmers Market Hive Wall.

It will BEE a huge day! So swarm to the hive on Saturday 21 May, 7 am to 11:30am.

Bees: Fast Facts.

Bees play an important role in pollinating native plants in our Australian ecosystem. The vast majority of global pollinators are wild including over 20,000 species of bees.

Australia is home to around 2,000 species of native bees, the majority of which are solitary bees.

European Honeybees are social insects that were introduced to pollinate many of the introduced food crops that now form part of a normal Australian diet.

Beekeepers migrate their bees to produce honey from diverse flowering events and perform essential pollination services to safeguard our food, fibre, forests and fodder crops.

Bees are keystone species, playing a vital role as pollinators.

Did You Know?

Global population forecasts predict that we will have close to one third more people in the next 30 years. To feed this growing population and secure the well-being of humankind, we need to ensure food is available, accessible, diverse, balanced and of good quality.

Pollination is crucial to achieving food security as three out of four crops across the globe producing fruits or seeds for human consumptions as food depend, at least in part, on pollinators. Pollinators affect 35 percent of global agricultural land, supporting the production of 87 of the leading food crops worldwide.

On 20 December 2017, following three years of efforts at the international level, the UN Member States unanimously approved a proposal by Slovenia to proclaim 20 May as World Bee Day. Slovenia is a nation of beekeepers, and beekeeping enjoys a status equal to that of other types of agricultural activity. The significance of bees and ensuring their well-being is well understood.

The bee-tails

What: World Bee Day at Capital Region Farmers Market
When: Saturday May 21, 2022, 7 am–11:30 am
Where: Capital Region Farmers Market at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)
Website: For more information, visit capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au.

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