BCHPA Honey and Wax Contest Rules
1. Participation requirements:
1.1 Participation is open to all amateur and professional beekeepers that are members of the BCHPA.
1.2 There is no limit on the number of classes entered by a person.
1.3 Entrants may submit up to a maximum of three exhibits in each class, but no single exhibit may be shown in more than one class and an entrant shall not be entitled to more than one award in any one class.
1.4 Any entry submitted by an entrant must be from his or her own apiary or be a product of their apiary.
2. Participation procedure:
2.1 To participate in the contest you must:
2.1.1 Register for the convention.
2.1.2 Prepare all exhibits for each class that you wish to participate in.
2.1.3 Deliver all the exhibits to the judging area by 12 pm (noon) of the first day of the convention.
2.2 All participants must include the following information in the registration form:
2.2.1 Participant’s personal details and required information.
2.2.2 Classes and number of exhibits in it.
2.2.3 Confirmation of agreeing to the Contest official rules and regulations.
2.2.4 All participants must provide the colour grade and moisture content of all entries where needed.
3. Entry Fees:
3.1 There are NO entry fees.
4. Exhibits delivery
4.1 All exhibits must be delivered to the Contest area on the Friday of the convention no later than 9 am. Those participants who arrive late and do not submit exhibits for staging in time will be automatically disqualified.
4.2 A special table will be provided near the contest area to enable participants to unpack their exhibits and to do any final preparations.
5. Requirements to exhibits
5.1 Make sure that your exhibit is in the right class. The participant must grade and place it in the class that they think it belongs.
5.2 Honey grades as determined by Jack’s colour scale:
5.2.1 White – not more than 30mm
5.2.2 Golden – more than 30 mm but not more than 50 mm
5.2.3 Amber – more than 50 mm but not more than 85 mm
5.2.4 Dark – more than 85 mm
5.3 The participant must have produced all entries. Individual classes exhibits should be the bona fide products of the participant’s own apiary.
5.4 The exhibits must be produced within the year.
5.5 Honey is the natural sweet substance produced by bees from the nectar of plants or secretions of living parts of them or from excretions of plant-sucking insects on the living parts of the plants, that the bees collect, transform and combine with specific substances of their own, deposit, dehydrate, store and leave in honeycombs to ripen and mature. Only the products that suit this definition will participate in the contest together with all other products based on honey.
5.6 Honey exhibits must meet the following specifications: correct weight (375 mil container,500grams), and filling level, uniformity of three (3) jars (for extracted honey class), cleanliness of jars and lids, absence of any labels or proof seals, cleanliness and clarity of honey, absence of defects, no dust on the surface of the honey, homogeneity, correct colour, transparency and absence of granulation for liquid honeys, absence of contamination and foreign bodies. Granulated honey should have fine granulation, no frosting against the glass and no liquid residue of the top of the honey.
5.7 Extracted honey must be exhibited in standard colourless cylinder jars (375 ml). Jars must have a secure, easily removable metal lid.
5.8 Mead exhibits must meet the following specifications: correct volume (375 ml bottles) and fill level, uniformity of two bottles, cleanliness of bottles and stopper/corks, cleanliness and clarity of the mead, colour match, transparency, lack of sediment, and absence of foreign bodies.
5.9 All meads must be exhibited in clear colourless glass wine bottles without lettering, fluting or ornamentation of any kind. Corks may be either cork or plastic.
5.10 Mead must be made by the participant through fermentation of honey, not fortified by alcohol in any manner, and with no added flavouring, but additions such as acids, nutrients and tannin may be used. A white card with the type of mead (and listing any added fruit and or spices) must accompany each entry.
5.11 Beeswax will be judged on cleanliness, uniformity, appearance and shape, colour, aroma, and absence of defects such as cracks and shrinkage.
5.11.1 The wax block must be at least 25mm thick but not more than 30mm.
5.11.2 The wax block must be smooth-surfaced and free of decorations or embellishments.
5.12 Cut comb honey:
5.12.1 An entry of cut comb honey is three (3) boxes.
5.12.2 The boxes must be made for displaying cut comb.
5.12.3 The boxes must be transparent on all sides.
5.12.4 The chunk of comb must be in one piece.
5.12.5 The cuts should be clean and uniform.
5.12.6 There should be no leaking of honey from comb into the box.
5.12.7 Considerations: Cut comb honey entries are not judged for flavour. Some of the judging criteria are uniformity of appearance and colour (including the honey in the comb), cleanliness, an absence of uncapped cells, no “wet” cell appearance, freedom from granulation, pollen, and brood. Weight should be uniform for each section. Total weight of the entire entry (3 sections) may be used as a tiebreaker.
5.13 Creamed Honey.
5.13.1 An entry of creamed honey is three (3) 375ml (500gram) jars.
5.13.2 Creamed honey must be displayed in clear straight-sided glass jars with solid lids.
5.13.3 Considerations: Creamed honey is judged on the fineness of crystals, uniformity and firmness of product, cleanliness and freedom from foam or from added flavours or colours.
5.14 Chunk Honey
5.14.1 One entry of chunk honey is defined as three (3) 375ml/500gram sized jars.
5.14.2 Chunk honey must be displayed in straight sided, glass, wide mouth jars.
5.14.3 The glass should not be embossed.
5.14.4 Only one (1) chunk of honey should be in each jar for competition.
5.14.5 The chunk of comb must be in one piece.
5.14.6 The cuts should be clean and uniform.
5.14.7 The chunk comb should be cut and sized to appropriately fit the container. Honey should fill the rest of the jar to the appropriate fill line.
5.14.8 The comb “chevrons” should be pointed upward.
5.14.9 The comb should extend the length of the jar.
5.14.10 Comb is judged for equal amounts on either side of the centre rib and cappings that are neither sunken nor perforated.
5.14.11 Considerations: The criteria cited for judging extracted honey apply to judging chunk honey as well.
5.15 Frame Honey
5.15.1 An entry consists of one (1) frame of honey, which may be of any standard size, and the foundation may be either wax or plastic.
5.15.2 This is the easiest exhibit to prepare. The BCHPA has approx. 10 stands for display of honey frames and will make them available for the contest.
5.15.3 Choose a comb completely filled and capped.
5.15.4 The cappings should have an even surface and be white.
5.15.5 Brood rearing darkens combs and the best comb for exhibition is one that has been constructed, filled and capped during a strong flow of light-coloured honey.
5.15.6 Take care not to damage the comb once it is removed from the colony.
5.15.7 Let it hang free in a wooden box, with cleats to prevent it from moving once it is in place.
5.15.8 Scape the wooden frame free of propolis.
5.15.9 Suitability of wooden frame – frame should be properly nailed and all corners at right angles and opposite sides parallel. If using real wax foundation then there should be at least two horizontal supporting wires. Frames should be free of knots and splits that would weaken the frame.
5.15.10 Cleanliness of wooden frame – frame should be clean, shite wood, scraped free of debris.
5.15.11 Completeness of fill – the comb should completely fill the frame, and all cells should be filled with honey.
5.15.12 Completeness of capping – all cells of honey should be completely capped if possible.
5.15.13 Cleanliness and appearance of cappings – cappings should be white without excessive travel stain and without mechanical damage, dust, or dirt. Cappings should present a level, even surface over the entire comb.
5.15.14 Quality and flavour – comb should be free of any brood or pollen. There should not be any noticeable difference in the honey in different parts of the comb. There should be no undesirable flavour to the honey. The honey in the comb should be liquid, not granulated.
It is the intention that ribbons will be given in all classes even if there is only one entry in the class. However, in order to place and receive an award that entry must still meet the place (1st, 2nd, 3rd) criteria and be deemed worthy of the award by the judge or judges.
A solitary entry in a class does not guarantee a place award if it does not meet standards for that level. A solitary entry may neither meet 1st place criteria nor even 2nd place and may only be awarded 3rd place, or no place award at all, based on the criteria met.
Ribbons will be: Blue for first place, Red for second place, White for third place, and Purple for Best of Show.
Best of Show is the accumulation of the score from the best four (4) different categories that a participant has entered. If a participant has entered more than four (4) different categories only the best four (4) scores will be used.