The 3rd Annual New York City Honey Festival returned to the boardwalk, several blocks down from where it was held last year on a newly renovated portion of the shorefront structure at Beach 86th Street that was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy last October.

Beekeepers and honey aficionados from all five boroughs swarmed onto the Rockaway Peninsula under bright sunny skies (for the third year in a row) to sample the city’s best honey and talk about beekeeping. This year’s festival included hive-making classes for children.

Long Island City’s Brooklyn Grange was there to sell some of its homemade honey and zesty hot sauce. Douglaston’s Ruth Harrigan’s honey and soaps, candles and lip balm made of honey were selling fast. Harrigan offered tastes of honey made from her hive in Douglaston, as well as other hives in Staten Island and New Jersey. Raffles were sold to raise money for local Sandy relief charities.

The festival began in 2011, after the city legalized beekeeping, and was held at Beach 96th Street that year and last year. That portion of the boardwalk remains under reconstruction.

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