By Lenée Son
Located in the agricultural centre of Surrey, 20 minutes from the USA border, the Honeybee Centre is buzzing with things to do and eat. As a commercial honey farm, the Centre produces their own natural honey which you can taste and purchase at their Country Store. They also have a Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the amazing world of the honeybee through a tour or beekeeping course. Their latest creation, Fry’s Corner Beestro, offers a divine dining experience in a modern greenhouse dining room. Whether you are a honey connoisseur, a beekeeping aficionado, or you are looking for an educational activity to bond over with your little ones, The Honeybee Centre has something for you.
Fry’s Corner Beestro
Indulge in a decadent honey inspired menu at the Honeybee Centre’s Fry’s Corner Beestro, a revamped modern greenhouse turned bistro. A favourite on their seasonal menu is the prosciutto fig panini, which features prosciutto, mozzarella cheese, honey balsamic fig jam, roasted red pepper, and spinach. For dessert, try the affogato – a rich vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso and local wildflower honey.
Take a trip to wonderland with high tea featuring a luxurious menu including gourmet sandwiches, honeycomb scones with Devonshire cream and New Zealand rewarewa honey, French macarons, honeybee cupcakes, honey cheesecake, and a wide selection of teas.
Your own brood of little bees will be pleased to find a kid’s menu with kid approved eats like peanut butter and honey sandwiches, homemade chicken noodle soup, and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Skip the pasteurized stuff from the supermarket and pick up a jar of pure, natural, and unpasteurized honey at the Country Store instead. The honey is as fresh as it can get, straight from the hive, extracted from honeycombs, and jarred on site. The Honeybee Centre produces and carries a wide range of natural honey from a variety of floral nectar sources like fireweed flowers (with floral and buttery notes), the rewarewa plant (sweet with a hint of caramel), and kamahi flowers (smooth vanilla aroma with a complex floral finish.)
“We carry honeys that are local, as well from around Canada, a variety from California, Australia, and New Zealand,” says Alana Jackson, a beekeeper at the Honeybee Centre.
Natural body care products, pure beeswax candles, honeybee themed gifts, and medicinal honey and hive products are also available at the Country Store.
After you’ve satiated your honey cravings at Fry’s Beestro and The Country Store, head over to the Honeybee Centre’s Visitor Centre where you can take a specialized tour developed for various audiences, take a course on how to start your own urban honeybee farm, or even take an art class and learn how to make your own beeswax candles.
The Honeybee Centre & Fry’s Beestro
7480 176 St, Surrey, BC
Phone: (604) 575-2337