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Olives to Oil

Olives to Oil

Olives to Oil Festival is our annual event run by CERES and 3000acres, bringing people together from across Melbourne to harvest olives and have them pressed communally into delicious, local olive oil.

Join us to celebrate the olive season with a free Olives to Oil festival at CERES Environment Park in Brunswick East with food, music, culture, face painting, pruning workshops and olive pressing demonstrations. You can also book your spot to drop off your olives to be pressed into a community oil .

Drop off your olives

Book your olive drop-off location Sunday 21st of May:

Or come along and join the festivities from 11am – 4pm.

Contact us:
olivestooil@ceres.org.au

How Olives to Oil works:

1. Pick your olives

Grab your friends, family and neighbours, get together to pick local olive trees. Pick no earlier than the 19th of May, to ensure freshness. If you would like a demonstration, come down to our community harvesting day.

2. Drop off your olives

Book a spot & time to drop off your olives on Sunday the 21st of May. We’ve got drop-off locations at:

3. We weigh your olives

Turn up at your designated time, donning your many bags, buckets and boxes of olives. We will weigh them for you and this will determine how much oil you will receive. 

4. We press your olives

After the olive festival, we take your olives to our friends at Barfold Olives, who press them into a community oil for us all to share. This process takes 2-3 weeks.

5. You pick up your olive oil

Once pressed, come back to where you dropped off your olives and pick up your designated oil. Be sure to bring your own bottle or you can purchase glass ones on the day. 

Tickets are free for residents of Merri-Bek, Yarra, Darebin and Hobsons Bay Councils. For residents of other councils, it’s $15 per booking.

For bookings larger than 50kg, there will be a charge of $5. This is to help cover the costs of the program and ensure that we can welcome as many participants as possible.
 
CERES 3000acres will retain 10% of the total harvest to sell through our stores to support the running cost of the program.

When you drop off your olives we will weigh them and you will receive a share of the oil based on your contribution. We won’t know until after the pressing how much oil it will be because this varies between varieties and seasons. Your olives will be processed in one batch along with all the others, so the oil will be a blend of types. We think it tastes delicious.

Pick your olives no earlier than the 19th of May or the oil may spoil. Wait until some of the olives have turned black, but don’t worry if there’s a mix of green and black olives – ripeness is a spectrum! Be sure to discard any that are damaged. If you’d like to pick olives with your community, come along to our community harvesting day

You can either pick them by hand, give the tree a good shake or jump on a ladder (getting someone to hold it steady for you!) To learn more about picking your olives, read our guide.

Come along for the festivities on the 21st of May, enjoy some music, food and olivey celebrations! If you’ve got an olive tree or a neighbour that would like to share the oil, book a spot to drop off your olives.

Melbourne is full of olive trees and they are often left unharvested. Keep an eye out in your local parks and street verges. Keep in mind that trees planted on the nature strip may be well-loved and cared for by nearby residents and to avoid upset, you should ask before you pick the fruit.

This is a community festival and we are unable to press large quantities of private olives. We can let you know about our olive press partners who can organise to press your olives for a reasonable fee.

Delivered in partnership with Darebin, Merri-bek and Yarra councils.
Olives to Oil Festival 2023 supported by:

Victoria state government logo

Visit Brunswick East

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