La Orotava defends the importance of beekeeping in Tenerife by holding the 1st Honey Fair of the northern municipality on October 1 and 2. The Villero City Council, the Casa de la Miel, which depends on the Cabildo de Tenerife, and the Tenerife Beekeepers Association (Apiten) They will organize this exhibition in the Plaza de la Constitución with the objectives of “bringing beekeeping and a product as emblematic as honey closer to society, informing about all the benefits it offers and promoting the consumption of local production.”
During that first weekend of October you can taste different honeys from the island, participate in commented tastings or enjoy a gastronomic offer with this natural product as a common element. Talks, children’s workshops and exhibitions of photographs and various work material in beekeeping will also be organized.
On Saturday the 1st, Parranda El Chirato will also perform during the 1st Honey Fair, and on Sunday the 2nd, the music will be provided by the group La Cangrega. This honey fair will take place on Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday 2 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. On this last Sunday day, around 12:30 p.m., the awards ceremony for the bee photography contest will take place.
From the City Council it is highlighted that this sample also has the collaboration of various companies and entities related to the world of honey on the island of Tenerife. The Government of Villero (CC) recalls that the municipality of La Orotava “has the largest number of beekeeping settlements in Tenerife, with honey production from sea level to the Parque Nacional del Mount Teide», at more than 2,000 meters above sea level. This practice has centuries of tradition in the town, “which generates a cultural heritage of great relevance and socioeconomic importance,” they detail.
La Orotava boasts of hosting «a large number of beekeepers and settlements in different locations that give rise to a wide variety of quality honeys. And, for this reason, several of these honeys from the Villero municipality have been awarded different prizes at the insular and regional level.
The mayor of La Orotava, Francisco Linares (CC), in addition to valuing that the Villa is the place chosen to celebrate this honey fair in Tenerife, regrets that beekeeping is “one of the sectors that will be most affected by the Master Plan for the Use and Management of the Teide National Park».
According to Linares, with this modification of the regulations, “they want to kick the beekeepers out of the Teide National Park.” And he regrets making reference to “a document contemplates a reduction of 60% of the hives that have historically been in that place on the summits of Tenerife, going from a total of 2,700 to just 1,200.”
The nationalist president insists that “beekeeping has not subtracted anything from the National Park, on the contrary, it has added and collaborated in the care of its flora. And, despite this, beekeepers feel abandoned, damaged and excluded despite the fact that it is a very serious, rigorous, careful and necessary sector.
Maintaining beekeeping in the Teide National Park is an inalienable objective for the Government of Villero, which recalls that the unique flora of Las Cañadas “also generates unique honeys, which together with those generated in other levels of vegetation, offer as a result a set of incomparable honeys”, which can be enjoyed at this fair next week.