Perth now a hive of activity during National Honey Month


Blaine Campbell (12), WA Food Ambassador and chef Don Hancey and Thea Campbell (10) with a honey carrot dish. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Blaine Campbell (12), WA Food Ambassador and chef Don Hancey and Thea Campbell (10) with a honey carrot dish. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

NATIONAL Honey Month has expanded from one event to 10 in Perth this May.

Honey I’m Home Produce owner Blaine Campbell said Honey Month was an awareness campaign for bees, bee keeping and honey.

“Bees to Honey is the group that does all the awareness in WA and traditionally we’ve had the one event which is the honey event in the Swan Valley but this year we’re really proud to be able to offer a calendar of events,” the Beechboro resident said.

The Maylands business is hosting a Sunday Sundowner with WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey on May 21 from 3-6pm.

Mr Hancey will be cooking purple carrots with honey and sesame seeds as well as Shark Bay chilli prawns using Honey I’m Home’s chilli honey in his 74kg pan.

The chef cooked a smaller version of the purple carrots with budding chef Thea Campbell (10) and beekeeper Thomas Campbell (12) last week.

“Purple carrots are all the rage at the moment,” Mr Hancey said.

“I’m going to cook them off with a little bit of honey, a little bit of chilli and a little bit of sesame seed.

“And we’ve got some river mint that’s just going to add a little bit of zing to it.”

Mrs Campbell and her husband Tristan, who have 60 hives with about 50,000 bees in each, started keeping bees to pollinate their plants.

Within a couple of years, they had nearly 20 hives.

“We were a mobile business for about five years doing 6-10 events a weekend and 18 months ago we opened a new retail shop,” Mrs Campbell said.

Thomas and Thea have each created their own blend of honey that is stocked at the shop.

Sunday Sundowner

WHEN: Sunday, May 21 from 3-6pm

WHERE: Honey I’m Home Produce, 213 Railway Parade, Maylands

TICKETS: www.hihp.net.au