National Honey Bee Day 2018: Celebrating Pollinators and All They Do

On August 18, we celebrated National Honey Bee Day across the country with the help of influential foodies, some amazing chefs and impressive photographers.

We all know that honey bees make honey, but did you know they are responsible for so many more items that we eat every day? From almonds and avocados to vanilla and zucchini, there are a number of fruits, vegetables, nuts and spices that would be in short supply without our fuzzy friends. With all they do for us, it’s only right that we celebrate them! So, on August 18, influential foodies across the country joined us to celebrate National Honey Bee Day!

Do It for The Bees!

We created a buzz-worthy celebration for local influencers in three food-savvy cities, including New York, Houston and Las Vegas. Inquisitive foodies eager to learn about pollinators’ contributions to the food supply attended a cooking demonstration led by a Sur La Table chef with a menu featuring pollinated ingredients and honey-forward dishes, including:

  • Seared hanger steak with honey-red wine gastrique
  • Baked zucchini fries with honey barbeque sauce
  • Honey-glazed lemon almond cake

Attendees also received tips and tricks from seasoned food photographers on how to get those perfect Instagram-worthy shots (because we all know – when we’re not doing it for the bees, we’re doing it for the ‘gram)! To see some of their photos and read about what they learned, check out #FeedABee on Instagram.

What can you do?

National Honey Bee Day may have passed for this year, but you can celebrate bees every day. Honey bees do such a great job of feeding us, and we can help feed them. By planting pollinator-attractant forage in your garden or community, you help bees get the food they need. However, some forage will only flourish in specific regions and climates. To find out what plants and flowers grow best in your state, head to