Coastal Empire Beekeepers Assn.

  Located within the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Ga.

Welsh Honey Show

CEBA members compete for honey awards in a competition based on the Young Harris College/University of Georgia Beekeeping Institute Welsh Honey Show rules, regulations and categories. Honey is judged on many factors, including presentation, cleanliness, clarity, aroma, viscosity and taste. The Black Jar Category — judging honey based on taste alone — is perfect for new beekeepers.

The Welsh Bee Keepers Association partners with the YHC/UGA Beekeeping Institute to offer training and certification for honey show judges. The Welsh training is the most stringent of its kind in the world for aspiring honey judges.

New Welsh honey judges receive a white judge’s coat and hat during the YHC/UGA graduation ceremony. They are expected to wear these when they serve as qualified stewards or judges.

CEBA's 2019 Honey Show

CEBA will be hosting a honey show (and holiday party) on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Learn about the rules and categories.

Attend CEBA's Oct. 14 meeting to learn about how to compete. Our guest speaker Bobby Chaisson was voted Best beekeeper of the year 2019 by the Georgia Beekeeper Assn. last month. He has been keeping bees for more over 10 years and has successfully exhibited honey and bee related entries throughout Georgia. He has been awarded more than 100 show ribbons, including two Best in Show awards, in classes that include extracted honey, creamed honey, bees wax, photography, crafts and many others. He is well versed at preparing and entering award winning exhibits in a wide array of shows. Bobby will share tips and tricks to help you prepare an entry for a honey show that will give you the best chance at winning.

CEBA's 2017 Welsh Honey Show winners

Best of Show: Rob Liakos

Category I: Extracted Honey

Light Class

  • First place: Rob Liakos
  • Second place: Terry Holland
  • Third place: Paul Cerpovicz

Medium Class

  • First Place: Barbara Phillips
  • Second Place: Rob Liakos
  • Third Place: Jane Quatttlebaum
  • Very Highly Commendable: Paul Cerpovicz

Category II: Black Jar

  • First Place: Rob Potts
  • Second Place: Nick Powell
  • Third Place: Debra Rogers
  • Very Highly Commendable: Paul Cerpovicz
  • Highly Commendable: Laura Liu
  • Commendable: Brian Millhoff

Show staff


  • Brutz English, senior Welsh Honey judge
  • Peter Brodhead, owner of Brighter Day Natural Foods and celebrity judge
  • Josie - sous chef at the Atlantic, celebrity judge

Show chairman: Dr. Barbara Phillips. Show secretary: Terry Holland. Show secretary assistant: Laura Liu. Show stewards: Rob Liakos, Debra Rogers and Wesley Webb.

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