Wanneroo Show: Grumpy Scrumpy cider team looking forward to showing off wares


Honey producer Colin Hall and Grumpy Scrumpy cider team head Carey Morris are looking forward to showing their wares.
Honey producer Colin Hall and Grumpy Scrumpy cider team head Carey Morris are looking forward to showing their wares.

THE first Wanneroo Agricultural Show was held in 1909 and attracted almost 500 visitors; a huge attendance for the time.

However, the 2016 Wanneroo Show, which will be held later this month on November 25 and 26, could see up to 20,000 pass through its turnstiles.

And among the many exhibits to be displayed in the Margaret Cockman Pavilion, which showcases local produce and arts and crafts at the show, will be some old-fashioned, pioneer-style, honey and apple cider entries; the show’s first in many years.

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Wanneroo resident, Colin Hall, has kept bees in Gingin for 25 years, but two years ago decided to go full-time into production and now produces up to two tonnes of honey a year.

“It’s been a vertical learning curve,” Colin said. “I thought I knew a lot about bees and honey after 25 years, but found I had much to learn. I produce up to six varieties of honey; it’s raw, unprocessed and comes straight from the bees.”

Meanwhile, Grumpy Scrumpy cider team head Carey Morris, said his team had been brewing apple cider in Wanneroo for eight years.

All his Grumpy Scrumpy team members come from South-West England, where cider making is almost an art form.

“When we came to Perth, we found it was difficult to come by a good drop of cider,” Carey said, “so we decided to make our own.”

The Grumpy Scrumpy team makes up to 1000 litres of apple cider and plans to venture into making pear cider soon. The team is a good-hearted bunch and donate their profits to a charitable organisation to help people suffering from Type 1 Diabetes.