Wyndham olives to become oil


Olives to Oil – the community-driven event that transforms neighbourhood olives into delicious extra virgin olive oil, is coming to Wyndham next weekend.

Sunday June 23 is Olives to Oil festival day at Werribee Park Community Garden in Werribee South, with demonstration olive oil pressing, tastings and sales of offer, as well as as well as live music and food stalls and lots of free activities for the kids.

There will also be orchard tours from Werribee Park Heritage Orchard, an open garden tour, farm produce available for purchase, Werribee River Keepers, Mount Zero Olives stall & preserving demonstrations and workshops by Scott Hitchins on tree care (including olives).

The Olives to Oil program is delivered in partnership with CERES, My Smart Garden andWyndham, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong Councils.

The festival day follows the Olives to Oil harvesting day on June 2, where participants dropped off olives harvested from unused neighbourhood trees, at Werribee Community Farm. Those olives will be pressed and available for pick at the event on June 23, the culmination of an initiative Wyndham councillor Robert Szatkowski said had brought people across the western suburbs together.

“It’s a winning community project on so many levels,” Cr Satkowski said.

“It prevents waste, supports edible gardens and celebrates the importance of local food that is tied to the strong Mediterranean agriculture and migration history in the west.”

The festival day is free, but registrations are essential.

To register and for more information, visit: www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/whats-on/olives-oil-celebration