What is a Bee Tea?
A Bee Tea is a celebration of the brilliance of bees and the amazing variety of bee-pollinated food.
You can organise a Bee Tea however you like - at work, school, home or with social groups you belong to, and it can be as big or as small as you choose.
It’s a great opportunity to support the Great British Bee Count, discover more about amazing bees and how you can help them. We can provide free materials for your Bee Tea, including flyers, posters and stickers to inspire your friends and family.
What foods could I include in my Bee Tea?
Many of the ingredients we cook with every day come from plants which rely on pollination by wild bees to produce fruit.
Whether you choose to make cakes, biscuits, fruity treats or savoury snacks the foods below might inspire your Bee Tea.
- Apple, apricot, avocado, blackberries, blueberries, cherry, kiwi, mango, melon, nectarine, orange, passion fruit, peach, pear, plum, strawberries.
Any jams or spreads would make tasty additions, for example scones with jam or a Victoria sponge.
Fruit kebabs, fruit salad or fruit jellies are great for children.
Remember to celebrate bees with your drinks too, such as fruit juices, cordials, and fruit teas.
- Carrot, courgette, cucumber, pepper, tomato.
How about courgette and cheese muffins, a savoury tart or carrot cake?
You could also try vegetable sticks with dips or fruit and vegetable kebabs.
- Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, coconut, macadamias.
Nuts combine well with chocolate in many cookie and cake recipes. Nut spreads are another option, you could try making cashew butter cookies. Take care to label any food containing nuts, for the benefit of people with nut allergies.
Herbs and spices:
- Allspice, cardamom, coriander, fennel.
Spices add interesting flavours to many recipes, including in cakes and biscuits. Some of these work well in savoury recipes too, for example fennel is great in quiche or tarts.
If you prefer organic fruit and vegetables grown without bee-harming pesticides, read more about the special offer with our partners at Abel & Cole.
Free resources for your Bee Tea
You can order our free Great British Bee Count materials to inspire your friends to join our bee survey, and learn about easy ways to help bees, with our app. You can also order some free 'Pollinated by bees' stickers to decorate your food or table.
We also have sheets of 'Pollinated by bees' stickers (below) to decorate your food or table. To request some, just email us with your name, address and preferred quantity - 35 or 70 stickers. We'll do our best to post these promptly, but please give us as much notice as possible if you'd like them in time for a Bee Tea.
If you would like to fundraise to support Friends of the Earth's campaigns, why not invite friends to make a donation at your Bee Tea - here are some ways to collect and pay in your fundraising money.
Share your photos
We'd love to hear all about your Bee Tea. Why not share your photos on social media with the hashtag #GreatBritishBeeCount or email us at [email protected]