Ekka role sweet as honey for Ray

Victoria Point’s Ray Goldsworthy is an honorary council steward in the apiculture section at this year’s RNA Show. Photo: Wendy Chung Victoria Point’s Ray Goldsworthy is an honorary council steward in the apiculture section at this year’s RNA Show. Photo: Wendy Chung
Nanjing Night Net

TO be or not to be. That is the question RNA honorary council steward Ray Goldsworthy asks about every jar of honey judges put in front of him for scrutiny at the Ekka.

It’s up to Mr Goldsworthy, the head apiary council steward at the show for four years, to check judging results in 25 classes in 13 sections before winners are finalised.

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If there is a discrepancy over an entry or judges can’t decide which jar is the best, Mr Goldsworthy steps in to decide the winner.

This year, he will oversee 90 entries across the 13 sections ranging from extracted honey, creamed honey, comb and liquid, beeswax, sculptured beeswax, queen bees and mead.

He and another honorary council steward John Covey will be in charge of four stewards and there will be two judges and an associate judge at this year’s show.

“Our entry numbers are a little down on last year, when we had 135 exhibitors,” Mr Goldsworthy said.

According to Mr Goldsworthy, who keeps 80 beehives some at Redland Bay, the art of a winning entry is all in the preparation the hardest part.

“It takes a lot of work to produce one bottle of honey so it really is like liquid gold.”

Honey must be filtered to ensure no sediment. But even more time consuming and difficult is perfecting clarity, colour, aroma, taste, density and brightness.

All entries are judged on a point system, scored out of 100.

Winners get $25 in all classes except the dark bush honey class where the first prize is $45. For honey, judges allocate 30 points for flavour, 30 for density, 20 for aroma, 10 for clearness and brightness and 10 for finish.

Mr Goldsworthy, 59, from Victoria Point, said to be a steward in the apiary section, it was imperative to love bees and honey.

“I first got interested in bees 30 years ago and watched my dad’s friend with his beehives,” he said. “But I lived in the inner-city and didn’t have the room to keep hives.

“Eventually, we moved out of town and later to Victoria Point, and now I keep hives on land around Redlands,” he said.

Judging of the apiary section started on Saturday, so results will be ready when the show opens on Thursday at 9am.

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