What is Sweeter than Tupelo Honey?
The locals would say, “Nothing”! Gulf County is best known for our beautiful beaches, the dead lakes, and TUPELO HONEY. This sweet liquid gold is harvested in the spring of every year. The honey bees gather their sweet nectar from white tupelo trees that bloom along the Apalachicola and Chipola River basins in Gulf County. Our county is host to the largest concentration of white tupelo trees in the world making our area one of the best places to enjoy Tupelo Honey.
Tupelo honey was highlighted in the 1997 Award-Winning movie Ulee’s Gold. The movie was filmed in Wewahitchka and starred Peter Fonda, Patricia Henderson, and Jessica Biel. It centered around Ulee, a Florida beekeeper, raising his family in a Wewahitchka giving insight into a beekeeper’s life.
Wewahitchka is home to the country’s finest Tupelo Honey. We celebrate this unique honey the 3rd Saturday in May every year with our annual Tupelo Honey Festival at Lake Alice Park along the shores of Lake Alice in downtown Wewahitchka, FL. Nestled among the majestic oak trees, local honey farmers sell their honey. Festival goers are entertained by live entertainment, shop craft vendors, and enjoy food from local food vendors. There are also activities for children. Fun for all ages.
Can’t make it to our annual Tupelo Honey Festival? Not to worry, you can purchase this unique sweet treat at our favorite apiary, Smiley Honey located at 168 Bozeman Circle in Wewahitchka, FL. They also ship! Be sure to check out their website www.smileyhoney.com.
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