MIDWEST CITY — Debbie Andrews found herself doing a lot of explaining Saturday.
Andrews and her family own Andrews Honey Bees, a honey company in Asher. On Saturday, she was at the Made in Oklahoma Beer, Wine and Food Festival in Midwest City promoting her family’s honey.
At her festival booth, Andrews had clover, alfalfa and wildflower honey available for sale. Many of the people who stopped by the booth didn’t understand the difference between one type of honey and another, she said, so Andrews spent nearly as much time explaining the honey production process as she did selling her product.
“It’s a learning thing,” she said.
The festival, held at Reed Conference Center in Midwest City, showcased food and other products from Oklahoma producers.
Vintners, brewers, distillers and food producers offered samples of their products, and artisans sold quilts and other wares.
The event also included art classes, cooking demonstrations and live music. In the afternoon, participants competed in a grilled cheese sandwich cookoff.
Festival-goer Debra Rose said the event was a good way to learn more about foods being produced in Oklahoma. An Oklahoma native, Rose recently returned to the state after spending 20 years living in Georgia. She said she’s been surprised by how many food producers have launched businesses in the state over the past few years.
“It’s changed a lot,” she said.