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The 9th Annual International Black Jar Honey Tasting Contest to benefit the Center for Honeybee Research
Thursday June 11 from 5:30-8:30pm,Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St, Asheville. They have their own beehives up on their roof!


The World's Best Tasting Honey award goes to...

Chris Beck of Breckinridge, Michigan, USA. Congratulations! 

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:

  • Grand Prize: Chris Beck, Breckenridge, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Central U.S. Region: Kevin & Cheri Settle, Farmington, Missouri, U.S.A.
  • Canada: Ken Coyle, Kitchner, Ontario, Canada
  • Northeast U.S. Region: Allen Gilbert, Delevan, New York, U.S.A.
  • Dark Honey: Dr. Gökhan Aydoğdu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Southwest U.S. Region: Lance Wilson, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Pacific West U.S. Region: Loreli Fister, Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • European MonoFloral: Klaas Sluiman, Netherlands (“Sea Lavender”)
  • Club Champions: David Smith II, Emporium, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Southeast U.S. Region: Virginia Webb, Clarkesville, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • Wide World: Nathan Organ, New South Wales, Australia

Congratulations, Finalists! Coming in as one of the 30 finalists is exceptional in its own right.

  • Jennifer Allard Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
  • Rene’-Paul Carrupt Muraz, Switzerland ( “Le Coquet”)
  • Ronald Chess Cat Springs, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Annie Dawson MacGregor, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Benjamin Pallares Verea, Galicia, Spain
  • Deborah Griffith Newland, North Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Enrico Pinna Florence, Italy (“Strawberry Tree”)
  • Mario Sanchez Herraro Valencia, Spain (“Rosemary”)
  • Chris Shad Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.A.
  • Sylvain Segard Prince Edward, Ontario, Canada
  • Myra Smith Hughes Springs, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Mike Stoneman Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Jeffrey Thomas Delanco, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • Manuel Valido Martel Telde, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
  • Darcy Van Winkle Port Angeles, Washington, U.S.A.
  • Wayne Vancleave Milton, Florida, U.S.A.
  • Louise Yates Kronau, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Eugene Zuspan Dos Palos, California, U.S.A.