Visit the All-Russia Honey Festival

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The Manezh's Central Exhibition Center will host the 19th All-Russia Honey Fair from Feb. 12 to 27.

The event brings together the produce of more than 400 of the best beekeepers from 61 Russian regions. Traditional types of honey, such as flower honey, buckwheat honey and meadow honey, will be available to taste and buy, alongside more exotic varieties such as rapeseed honey and sainfoin honey.

There will be more than just honey on sale: other products include propolis -- which has various medicinal uses, royal jelly -- a dietary supplement, and beeswax -- used in candles and cosmetics. Books on beekeeping and the medicinal uses of honey will also be available.

The fair is organized by the Russian Union of Beekeepers and enjoys considerable logistical support from the city government. Mayor Yury Luzhkov is an amateur beekeeper and even holds the patent for a type of beehive.

Honey and other beekeeping products have been used in Russia for centuries because of their apparent healing qualities. A whole market has grown up around this form of folk medicine, deriving from the Russians' love of putting honey in their tea. Expect all sorts of claims for different types of products, from back pain relief to cures for male impotence.

Manezh Central Exhibition Hall,1 Manezhnaya Ploshchad, M. Okhotny Ryad, 540-28-28