Traditional Slovenian Honey Breakfast Hosted by Ambassador Rupel at the Embassy
In November Ambassador Rupel hosted a group of children learning Slovene language at Saturday School for Traditional Slovenian Honey Breakfast at the Slovenian Embassy in London. They were joined by videoconference by children from primary school in Slovenia to mark Slovenian Food Day.
Traditional Slovenian Honey Breakfast taking place on Saturday 17th of November 2018 was an opportunity to connect children living in Slovenia and the United Kingdom over breakfast, with each side preparing a short program related to the subject of the importance of bees.
A Traditional Slovenian Honey Breakfast consists of bread, butter, honey, milk and apples; and it's celebrated around the Slovenia to promote healthy, locally-produced food. It is organized every third Friday in November by the relevant ministries, the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association, the National Institute for Public Health, the Education Institute and several agricultural and food associations and companies.
It is an initiative of the Beekeepers' Association which also campaigned for the World Bee Day to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem, and for raising the awareness of the importance of bees for human survival. After three years of international efforts, on 20 December 2017 the United Nations member states unanimously confirmed Slovenia’s proposal to mark 20 May as the World Bee Day. It was already celebrated this year for the first time.
Beekeeping is one of the oldest traditional agricultural activity in Slovenia. Although among the smallest honey producers, Slovenia is at the very top of the EU-28 with Slovenian honey produced by more than 10,000 beekeepers, almost 5 beekeepers per 1,000 population. Slovenia is also the only EU member state that has given its native honeybee species, the Carniolan honey bee, protected status as well as being one of the first to prohibit some harmful pesticides.
It is no surprise then, that Apitourism or bee tourism has become a hive of activity for Slovenia.