The Honey Workers’ Festival harks back to the days when honey was a mainstay of the Buentoilliçan economy. The lower districts were full of wooden roof-hives, and anaphylaxis sufferers were given government-appointed homes in the Catathon district, next to the smoker’s yards.
Nowadays the honey industry is reduced to a few buildings in the east, and the iconic slatted nodules of roof hives that litter the rest of the city have long since been filled in to discourage bee infestations. Despite their modern lack of prominence, the workers usually put on a good show, and this year is expected to be no exception.
Throughout the day, stalls selling honey and honey-based products such as mead and candles will be placed around the bandstand in the Buzzing Gardens. Specially sealed and red-lit tasting tents will cater for those seeking out the more exotic dark honey; a potent, spicy substance made by the female ascended moth from night lilies. The Master’s Ambulance service will be on standby for any cases of ridgotoxicity which may occur (revellers are reminded to always have their blood type checked before tasting dark honey).
At 3:45, the Honey Worker’s Festival Band will march from the Cooperative Bee Yard to the bandstand, playing a special rendition of ‘Sup the Honey of Life’. The day’s highlight is expected to be the spectacle of Hanavario Thickskinne braving The Room of Killer Death Bees.
The children’s tent will feature many well-loved traditional activities, such as ‘a go in the big white suit’ and ‘count the bees in the jar’.
Other festivals happening today:
- Derek Flatley’s Hall of Amusements Free Day