In search of world’s best honey

By Natali Trivuncic
Staff Writer
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

With Phase 3 of the province’s reopening plan set to start on Friday, it’s easy to get excited for all the fun events that can make a return, including the Emo Fair.

Due to the pandemic, Emo Fair organizers are taking things one step at a time and planning for a great fair, within the boundaries of restrictions.

Board member Marie Saunders said she is excited about a new edition to the fair called the Judge’s Special. It’s a new competition at the fair, that was supposed to be introduced last year but was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Saunders said she had been thinking of ways to draw more people and exhibitors to the fair and thought of the idea of having a Judge’s Special, which would feature a new category each year.

“We have so many great crafters in this district. It would be nice every year to choose a group and honour them. And by doing a Judge’s Special the prize money would be better,” Saunders said.

This year’s Judge’s Special is ‘Finding the Best Honey in the World.’ Saunders adds that some say the honey in the district is the best honey in the world, hence the name.

“I’m not a great judge of honey but I do have a lot of people who have said they would rather have Rainy River District honey than most,” Saunders said.

Saunders said assuming that they are able to hold the competition and it goes well, they can have other categories in the futre, like quilting or baking or woodwork.

Rick Nielson of Seven Bends Honey suggested having a honey contest and is sponsoring the competition.

Nielson, who has been beekeeping since 1976, said he wanted to sponsor the competition because he wanted to give winners a bigger prize and create a buzz around the competition to draw in more honey producers in the district. He said the clover that grows all around the district is what gives the honey a mild taste and why it is so popular in the area.

Organizers at the Emo Fair are launching a new competition – Judge’s Special – to highlight a special item each year. This year, they’re paying homage to the large number of world class apiaries in the region. – Northwest Harvester Facebook photo

Nielson said this competition is a way to promote local honey producers while having some fun.

Saunders said the contest is still in its planning stages and they are aiming to introduce it this year if all goes according to plan.

“Right now, we can’t even open up the exhibit hall,” Saunders said. “So, it’s very, very tentative as to what’s going to happen.”

Saunders said things may change come phase three, but they are planning fair events with current restrictions in mind.