- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
DAVIS--Like to learn how to make mead?
Six renowned instructors—all who have won awards in national or international competitions--will conduct a two-day workshop, sponsored by the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, on "Introduction to Mead Making." The event is set Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15 at the Robert Mandavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis campus.
Registration opened Aug. 1 and the workshop is expected to fill rapidly, said Amina Harris, director of the Honey and Pollination Center, which is affiliated with the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
Mead is an ancient alcoholic beverage made with the key ingredient, honey.
The instructors, in addition to Harris, will include:
- Petar Bakulic, president of the Mozer Cup International Mead Competition
- Chik Brenneman, winemaker and manager of LEED Platinum Teaching and Research Wintery, Department of Viticulture and Enology, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
- Michael Fairbrother, owner of the Moonlight Meadery, Londonderry, N.H.
- Mike Faul, owner, Rabbit's Foot Meadery, Sunnyvale
- Ken Schramm, author of “The Compleat Meadmaker” and owner of Schramm's Mead, Ferndale, Mich.
Early registration is $450. After Sept. 15, the fee is $525. The program fees include all coursework and materials, light breakfast, lunch, Friday evening reception, and honey and mead tastings. Participants can register online at
The center drew a capacity crowd at its first-ever Mead Makers Short Course in February 2014.