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Horde At The Hive: 2017 Wrap Up

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Events | Comments Off on Horde At The Hive: 2017 Wrap Up

Horde at the Hive had another amazing year! We had around 2000 people visit us in total, despite the awful snow/hail mix we got on Sunday. We are already making plans for next year, and hope to make it even bigger and better. For now, here is a slideshow of this years highlights: _...

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Horde at the Hive – 2017

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Events | Comments Off on Horde at the Hive – 2017

  Date: May 13-14th 2017 Where: Chinook Honey Company Box 12, Site 14, RR1 Okotoks, AB T1S 1A1 Time: Saturday – 10 am – 5 pm Sunday – 10 am – 5 pm Travel back in time and experience the fascinating world of Norse culture by taking a trip to our Viking Village for some genuine family fun! Come cheer on epic displays of live-action battle reenactments (kids get to do mock battles too), throughout the weekend. In the Viking Village revel in tales from Storyteller Calum Lykan and watch smithing demonstrations by Nick Goetz. Then take a...

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Hivelights May 2017

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights May 2017

  May has got to be one of the busiest months in the Chinook Honey world. The bees need extra food and unwrapping, in addition to preparing for and receiving new packaged bees and the dividing of bursting hives to create new colonies. Throw in Alberta’s unpredictable weather and it can be mayhem! Also, next weekend we’re celebrating Vikings with Horde at the Hive May 13th and 14th. Here’s some of the new features you’ll be sure to enjoy: Calum Lykam is a Scottish story teller who will be camped in the Viking...

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Brunch Burger

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Brunch Burger

Ingredients: Serves 4 Bacon Jam: 1 1/2 lb. (24 oz)bacon, chopped 1 Tbsp(15 mL) butter 2 small yellow onions 1/2 cup (120 mL) Jack Daniels Whiskey 1/2 cup (120 mL) honey 1 1/2 Tbsp (22.5 mL) balsamic vinegar Pinch cayenne pepper Burgers:  1 lb.(16 oz) lean ground beef 1 tsp(5 mL) salt 1 tbsp(15 mL) Worcestershire sauce To Assemble: 1 Tbsp(15 mL) butter 4 eggs 4 slices sharp cheddar 4 English muffins, toasted and buttered Instructions: Bacon Jam: Cook the bacon in a heavy pan over medium-high heat until the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon to...

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Mead Matters May 2017

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Mead Matters May 2017

Expanding into liquor stores around Alberta gives us a chance to educate more people about mead. As the oldest alcoholic beverage it is still shrouded in mystery. Is it a beer or a wine? Is it super sweet like Ice Wine? How long does it last? How do you drink it? What can you pair it with? For those who don’t get a chance to visit the meadery in person, how can you get these questions answered? We’re happy to tell you that Art, the Mazer of our award winning meads, will be on site at the Timberlands Central Alberta Co-op Liquor...

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Farm and Foodie – Local Farm Events and Markets

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Events | Comments Off on Farm and Foodie – Local Farm Events and Markets

  Special Events: Barn Babies! 27 May – 28 May, 2017 – Kayben Farm Meet all the baby animals, view demo’s from local agricultural groups,  and enjoy great food. Chuckwagon cook-off and pack horse race Sunday, June 18 (Father’s Day) – Bar U Ranch See teams of campfire cooks compete to create their tastiest beef stew and biscuits. Sample the fare and vote for your favourite in the people’s choice awards. Watch packers prepare to head to a distant cow camp by loading a horse with their provisions. It’s a race...

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Mead Matters April 2017Buzzing Bee Mead Cocktail

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Mead Matters April 2017Buzzing Bee Mead Cocktail

 Buzzing Bee Mead Cocktail With our newest mead cocktail. We also have more mead recipes on our cocktail page. Ingredients: 1/2 cup Orange Juice 6oz Pineapple Juice 1 cup Malibu Rum 1 Bottle John Cameron Classic Frozen Fruit (Instead of Ice Cubes) Directions: Mix all ingredients but the frozen fruit together. Put frozen fruit into glasses. Pour cocktail over the fruit. Serve! Image from...

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Hivelights April 2017

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights April 2017

It would seem spring is here to stay and we’ve had a chance to do our preliminary hive inspections. Although the bee activity around our Honey House has seemed normal, such was not the case at our hives further afield. We have experienced higher than normal honey bee losses this spring and so far we are still trying to pin down the reason. There are indications that we’re not alone – other Alberta beekeepers are also facing severe winter losses this year- we’ll hopefully know more by next month. Our surviving bees have been...

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Honey Berry Cream Crepes

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Honey Berry Cream Crepes

Ingredients: 2 cups (475 mL) Skim Milk 1 cup (120 g) All-Purpose Flour 2 Egg Whites 1 Egg 1 tbsp (15 mL) Chinook Honey (liquid) 1 tbsp (15 mL) Vegetable Oil 1/8 tsp (0.71 g) Salt For the Filling: Berries of Choice 1 Cup (475 mL) Whipping Cream 2 tbsp (30 mL)  Chinook Honey (liquid) 1/2 tsp (3.5 mL) vanilla Drizzle On Top: 1 tsp Chinook Honey per crepe Directions Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Heat an 8-inch oiled skillet over medium-high heat.  Spoon 3 tbsp (45 mL) of the crepe batter into the skillet and tilt and rotate the...

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Jump into Spring Mead Cocktail Recipe

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Jump into Spring Mead Cocktail Recipe

Jump Into Spring With our newest mead cocktail. We also have more mead recipes on our cocktail page. Ingredients: 1oz Gin 1 oz Bodacious Black Currant Mead 1/2 oz Triple sec 1 Lemon Twist Directions: Shake over ice, pour into your cup, garnish with the lemon twist....

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