Oh, but the sun is shining, the bees buzzing. Not one, but two events on this weekend for amateur apiarists and those who just love honey. Do bees drink only nectar, or water too? Do bumblebees make honey? Oh yes, my daughter will be in tow.
On Saturday, Slow Food Berlin, Prinzessinnengarten, Mellifera and Berlin's beekeepers' associations join forces to stage the fourth annual Stadthonig-Fest (or Urban Honey Festival). More than 30 city beekeepers will be on hand to speak about their work and sell jars of fresh spring honey, and there will be a children's program. Prinzessinnengarten's lovely garden cafe will serve up dishes featuring Berlin honey, culminating with a honey-themed dinner—think calzones with honey and regional goat's cheese—beginning at 6:30pm. Spaces are limited, so do email to check if there are still spots free.
Then on Sunday, the reconstructed 13th century village Museumsdorf Düppel in Zehlendorf will host Honigtag (Honey Day). On this day, children can help the beekeepers spin honey from the honeycomb. As always, one can also find live demonstrations of woodworking, weaving, iron working, and more.
Stadthonig-Fest, Prinzessinnengarten, Prinzenstr. 35-38, Berlin-Kreuzberg (map). Admission free.
Saturday, 19 July 2014, 11am–5pm, dinner 6:30pm
Honigtag, Museumsdorf Düppel, Clauertstraße 11, Berlin-Zehlendorf (map). Admission 5 EUR adults, 2.50 reductions.
Sunday, 20 July 2014, 10am–5pm
PS: & also - Otto Piene's More Sky installation opened at the Neue Nationalgalerie on Tuesday. This Saturday's Sky Art Event celebrates the opening and marks the debut of the three star sculptures, including the Berlin Superstar. But the installation is worth visiting any evening from 10pm-3am with a picnic basket, a chilled bottle of Grüner Veltliner, and a few good friends.
&& the always-inspiring open days at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee and the UDK are this weekend: go!