CHARLOTTE, NC -- (Marketwired) -- 06/06/13 -- The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte has unveiled plans for its first-ever Summer Honey Festival -- three months of special events and dining festivities celebrating the 100,000 honeybees which live on the hotel's green, vegetated roof. The Summer Honey Festival begins this June 1, as the hotel's Bar Cocoa all-dessert dining experience and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Charlotte introduce a roster of seasonal honey-based offerings available until September.
On June 20, the first honey harvest of the summer will take place, reaping more than 30 pounds of natural honey to be used in Bar Cocoa's breakfasts, all-day desserts and freshly-made gelato. The honey may also be enjoyed at the property's weekend ice cream socials, which feature house-made honey-pecan gelato, and in several specialty treatments presented by the spa. For the first time, the hotel's signature honey-pecan gelato will also be available for purchase directly at Bar Cocoa.
The Summer Honey Festival at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is set to offer the following highlights:
Rooftop Honey Brandy Sour: Available on the Lobby Lounge and Urban Sip cocktail menus, the hotel's hand-crafted signature Rooftop Honey Brandy Sour cocktail offers the very best of sweet and tart, served nicely chilled.
Daily Chocolate Afternoon Tea: Featuring this season's annual harvest, summer honey is offered to sweeten a variety of loose-leaf teas presented alongside the hotel's contemporary take on afternoon tea.
Freshly-Baked Honey Bread: Offer from June through August, this new summer treat will be served with compliments to every weekend brunch guest of Bar Cocoa.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Lobby Gelato Socials and Honey Tastings: Featuring the hotel's hand-made honey-pecan gelato, seasonal weekend gelato socials and honey tastings will be offered to guests checking into the hotel every Friday and Saturday afternoon this summer.
June 20 Demonstration of the Bees and Summer Honey Harvest, presented by Cloister Honey: On June 20, some 30 pounds of natural honey will be harvested by the hotel's beekeepers, for use in The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte kitchens and spa. Watch for live coverage of the harvest and honeycomb activity both online and on local television, including a video tour of the hotel's green vegetated roof, its chef's garden and two active beehives, and a special beekeeping demonstration by the renowned beekeepers from Cloister Honey.
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