There are over 300 unique types of honey in the U.S. The Good Food Awards will showcase honeys most distinctive in clarity and depth of flavor, produced by beekeepers practicing good animal husbandry and social responsibility. From rooftop urban hives to busy bees pollinating organic orchards and meadows filled with wildflowers, awards will be given out in Liquid & Naturally Crystallized, Creamed, Comb and Infused Honey subcategories. View the full criteria for entry.

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Amina Harris is the Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science, UC Davis, working to make the school a leading authority on honey bee health, pollination and honey quality. The Center has been involved in the development of many innovative programs from making mead, to bee health and, most recently, the Honey Sensory Experience. Under her direction, the Center published the UC Davis Honey Flavor Wheel, widely acclaimed to help tasters describe honey flavors. In addition, Amina owns Z Specialty Food, LLC with her husband and son. Moon Shine Trading Company, a division of Z Specialty, has been offering unique American varietal honeys for over 30 years and has won awards from the Specialty Food Association and the National Honey Board. Amina served on the Board of Directors of the Specialty Food Association (then NASFT) for six years and was the Winter and Spring Show Committee Chair for many years. During her time both on the Board and exhibiting at the Fancy Food Shows since the early 1980’s, Amina has been an active participant of the ever changing and growing food industry.

M.E.A. McNeil is a journalist writing for Bee Culture Magazine and The American Bee Journal as well as the new edition of the seminal reference book The Hive and the Honey Bee. She is a Master Beekeeper and a member of the UC Davis Mondavi Center Honey and Pollination Board. She lives with her husband on a small organic farm in San Anselmo, California.


Emily Brown, Owner, AZ Queen Bee
Mark Carlson, Beekeeping Instructor & Entomologist, Round Rock Honey Beekeeping School
Kim Flottum, Editor,  Bee Culture Magazine
Marina Marchese, Founder, The American Honey Tasting Society & Co-Author, The Honey Connoisseur

Terry Oxford, Owner, UrbanBee San Francisco


Leo Beckerman, Co-Founder, Wise Sons Deli
Shujan Bertrand, Founder, Aplat
Martin Bournhonesque, Owner, Martin’s Farm
Erin Ferguson, Digital Product Manager, Blue Bottle Coffee
Jennifer Holmes, Owner, Hani Honey Company
Hilary Kearney, Owner, Girl Next Door Honey
Kelly Knapp, Owner, Miss Bee Haven Honey
Greg Loarie, Attorney, Earthjustice
Mourad Lahlou, Chef, Mourad
Deborah Rogers, Olive Oil Producer & Owner, Marquesa EVOO
Sharon Schmidt, Volunteer Director, Cascade Girl Organization, Oregon Honey Festival
Faun Skyles, Store Manager & Head of Butchery Department, Bi-Rite Market
Andrea Hagan Thompson, Special Projects Manager, Department of Food Science, UC Davis
Katia Vincent, Owner, Beekind
Erin Walkenshaw, The Granary Project
Maria Zizka, Cookbook Author