03 Jan Honey & Spice & All Things Nice – Summer Harvest
Honey and spice and all things nice – that’s what you can expect at Summer Harvest, Western Bay Museum’s second exhibition which opens in Katikati tomorrow.
The exhibition is sponsored by 2016 supreme winners of the Katikati and Waihi Beach Community Business Awards, BeeNZ, owned by David and Julie Hayes. David said they chose to sponsor the exhibition because he and Julie have lived in Katikati for 24 years and have been involved in the harvesting of kiwifruit and honey. One of their old beehives will be on display along with their range of manuka, Rewarewa and wildflower blends of honey. David said the Bay of Plenty area produces some nice honeys including Rewarewa.
Museum manager Paula Gaelic says summer for the bee industry is a buy time. And its about harvesting hay, crops and harvesting the ground which we do every summer. And it’s a time to preserve fruit, jams and fresh eggs, using Ovoline.
The Summer Harvest exhibition also features the first Cultural Encounter – Spices of India – in which Anu Bhardwaj from Spice Traders shares delicacies from her homeland and their many uses. “We are really multicultural now and museums are places of learning,” Paula said.
Anu will share the many benefits of spices and how they heal and flavour food. Tumeric is one that is a natural antibiotic and has around 300 benefits, she said. She will share how easy it is to make Golden Milk using turmeric. Honey is also widely used in cough drops, juice and for the face.
Learn more about traditional silk saris, traditional lamps, incense sticks and how water from India’s most sacred river, the Gangas, is worshipped as the Goddess Ganga, and is widely used for whole life balance. Also what the dots mean that Indian women wear on their foreheads.
Summer Harvest exhibition opens at the museum tomorrow, Open daily 10am-4pm except December 24, 25 and 26.