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Photo courtesy of NYC Honey Week
Photo courtesy of NYC Honey Week

It’s the sweetest celebration of the year.

With everything from beekeeping workshops to a buzz-generating parade, Honey Fest 2015 will swarm around the 86th Street Boardwalk in Rockaway Beach on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Scheduled to run from 11 a.m. until sunset, this fifth annual extravaganza will feature a special marketplace with more than two dozen vendors of beeswax-based products, monofloral honey, and beehive products.

Perennial favorites include Bees Knees Spicy Honey, Green Bee Craft Beverages, and Mizz Beehavin Apiary.

The parade is always full of colorful costumes and wacky characters. Plus, this year will re-introduce a free contest sponsored by the American Honey Tasting Society during which participants can savor different brands of the sweet syrup from a hosting station and vote for their favorites.

Meanwhile, children will be able to make bee hats with City Growers, study the honeybees’ role in pollination via an interactive booth by Arts In Parts, check out pollen with microscopes provided by The Bee Girl, who’ll travel all the way from Oregon, and explore a hive provided by BeeKind Farms.

Rockaway-based restaurants, such as Caracas Arepa Bar and Rippers, will provide victuals. (Rain date: September 13.)

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