This year’s Black Jar Contest was a success and the long-awaited Grand Prize for the World’s Best Tasting Honey was respectfully awarded on June 13th, 2019!
Congratulations to Chris Beck for enduring the comprehensive judging and coming out on top in this year’s competition. It’s an impressive feat, and his name will grace the “World’s Best Tasting Honey” trophy until 2020 when a new champion may take his place.
Don’t forget this is an annual process. We have already received entries for next year. As the contest grows, so does the Grand Prize. Cash awards are funded by the $10 entry fee and sale of the unopened labeled honeys so we can now announce the 9th Annual International Black Jar Grand Prize will increase to $3500! Entry deadline is Dec. 31, 2019.
This year we had a packed house in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville. Guests sampled unique honeys from around the world and enjoyed live music, appetizers and drinks, while quietly and meticulously, ten celebrity judges focused on selecting the winners in ten judging categories. Those winners moved ahead, neck-and-neck, for the Grand Prize. Since the honey jars were covered in black cloth during the judging process, the categories and results were not revealed until judging was complete.
Here are the Black Jar 2019 Winners and Finalists: