Honey Tasting at Home

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Date(s) - December 8, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Learn how to have fun with sensory analysis, as used by sommeliers, to taste and evaluate honey like an expert.

Learn with us how to have fun with sensory analysis, as used by sommeliers, to taste and evaluate honey like an expert. *Honey supplied. *Must pick up in person from South East QLD Australia.

TUESDAY 8 Dec 2020 7pm QLD TIME – 8.30pm QLD TIME

Describing your honey and discerning it’s amazing flavour profile is easier and heaps more fun than you might think. There are thousands of ideas to use, describing the colours, textures, aromas, memories and food pairings for your beautiful hive produce. There’s a better way to promote your product than “tastes like honey – Good on toast”.

Learn how to taste honey as the experts do (hint: it’s a bit like cheese or Gin tasting), discern its various characteristics (colour, texture, flavour, aroma) and describe honey to others. No experience necessary! If you like food, wine and flavours you will LOVE this first ever GCABS virtual honey tasting class. You will learn the step by step methods to evaluate hand selected honey samples. Everything you will need is supplied in the ticket price, just collect your honey samples from GCABS and tune in online.

Join us for a very special event hosted by GCABS, an online Virtual honey tasting class just for you, with special guest Honey Sommelier, Jess Locarnini. Jess received her sensory analysis of honey training in the USA with the American Honey Tasting Society founder, Marina Marchese, and leader of the international honey commission, Gian Luigi Marcazzan. A passion for honey and bees led her to create Honey Merchant in 2018. Honey Merchant is an online market and community dedicated to supporting beekeepers to sell their products online, share stories of the people behind the produce, and help customers discover the incredible flavours of honey.

“I never get sick of looking at the colour and consistency of honey.

Depending on the stage of crystallisation, the appearance can have a perfect, light, translucent clarity or thick, opaque, granular smoothness.

The colour follows the spectrum from clear, water white to a dark, almost black mahogany. Look a little closer in the light, and you may pick out hints of green chartreuse, or a golden, orange hue.

Anyone who’s in the know understands that real, unprocessed honey will naturally crystallise. It’s not a sign that your honey has spoiled, but a sign that nature is just doing its job. Embrace the change, or gently warm your honey to bring it back to a runny state.

Pause and take a moment to look closer at the colour and viscosity next time you reach for a jar”. – Jess Locarnini


Tickets are limited. Once a ticket is sold there will be no refunds, but places can be transferred to another person by ticket holder’s arrangement. This event is open to anyone, adults, kids, members and guests, friends, or family. ONE CONDITION: You must be able to collect your honey samples from one of the pick up points in South East Queensland before the event. SORRY- POSTAGE IS NOT AN OPTION.

Included in your ticket price:

Customised Honey tasting and flavour profile tutorial, online, with special guest, Australia’s first ever Honey Sommelier, Jess Locarnini founder of Honey Merchant.

Three special hand selected honey samples (in glass jars – do not open till the night), MUST be collected in person from one of the following pick up points. SORRY – POSTAGE IS NOT AN OPTION.

Instructions and resources, grading charts, notes and education materials.

1.5 hours of fun online with new friends.

Honey pick up points:

15th Nov 9 am – 12 noon GCABS members meeting @NT Bees, Bidaddaba

21st Nov 8 am – 1 pm Labrador Scout Hall, 224 Turpin Rd, Labrador

24th Nov 11 am – 11.30 am 3 Park Court, Elanora

26th Nov 9 am – 4 pm 4/8 Boyland Ave, Coopers Plains

28th Nov 10 am – 12 noon Nerang Velodrome, Hope St, Nerang

6th Dec by appointment ph 0403 155 591 Cabarita St, Biggera Waters

7th Dec by appointment ph 0403 155 591