In 2021, the Iyanola Apiculture Collective, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), hosted the country’s first honey show. The aim of the Hewanorra National Honey Show is to support the development of the local honey sector by providing a forum which will raise the standard and profile of St. Lucian honey.
Last year’s event was an overwhelming success since it allowed beekeepers and bee practitioners to exchange, compete and ply their products, thereby highlighting the importance of the sector to the country and encouraging its development. The HNHS and Exhibition was the first of its kind in St. Lucia. The results of the perception and financial impact survey reveal that 94% of exhibitors were satisfied with the event and 86% of the visitors were satisfied with the event. The judging of the HNHS was of a high standard and participants learnt from the experience. Stakeholders have signalled their intention to commence preparations for the next HNHS and Exhibition. Head Judge Sue Carter of the London Honey Show was especially impressed.