So we did make our way to the 19th All-Russian Honey Festival in Tsaritsino Park (Greenline metro: Tsaritsino, exit station follow honey-bee sign) last Saturday. The weather was splendid, a gorgeous 20 degrees, when Brian and I (Eddie stayed home with Sean) made our 1-hour metro journey to the festival. Brian is a manuka honey lover and he was game to sample the different types of honey that all of Russia had to offer. Some 250 exhibitors from over 60 of Russia's regions were at the festival offering their honey for sampling and sale.
From The Moscow News: The Russian orthodox faith knows the honey bee as ‘god's toiler,' good bee keepers were generally regarded as exemplary Christians and their yield of sweet goodness was considered the reward of religious diligence. Famous beekeepers have included Edmond Hilary, Sherlock Holmes and Mayor Lushkov, and increasing numbers of Russians are joining their illustrious company.
We met up with Michelle there. I think we probably covered only a fifth of the grounds, and were already too 'jelak' by then. There were so many people lugging back many large tubs of honey. See the whitish honey Brian's sampling; we went mostly for those, they were delicious.
Some had grainier texture, some were very creamy. And omigosh, some tasted like urine *retch*puke*, mostly the darker coloured ones. Michelle thinks they taste like cowdung. Don't ask me how she knows what cowdung tastes like. And don't ask me how I know what urine tastes like! After a few unintentional sampling of urine-tasting-honey, I stopped being adventurous.
That white lump on the bottom right picture below, yes that's honey. They're all honey, yep, the top right picture isn't showing glasses of vanilla milk-shake.
Top left: Some kind of honey-comb snack that we can find in Singapore too. Michelle bought a few packets but Brian and I didn't like this.
Top right: Michelle and I went huh is this honey? Brian said he thinks it's beeswax.
Bottom left: Took a picture of this gross looking blackish stuff. We have no idea what it is.
Bottom right: These cheese-like blocks are honey too. All you need to do is scoop what you need and stir them in a container, and they turn into liquid like in the bowl. I bought two blocks cos this honey was so delicious, tasted all buttery and smooth.
My haul was the two blocks of honey and two tubs of different white honey (Brian's choice). These are gonna last us for a heckuva long time, cos Brian's the only one who really takes honey in our house.
Well honey, that's all the report I have from the honey festival. While we made our hour-long journey back, I asked Brian if it had been worth the long trip, he turned to me, smiled and said, "No". &*^%#@!!