‘Press together and celebrate’: urban olives turned to oil in homage to Melbourne’s heritage

Mon, 12 Jun 2023 14:24:03 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Hundreds of people carrying bags full of olives stood in a line at a community
garden in Brunswick East in Melbourne’s north.

They were there at Ceres to turn their harvests – collected from back yards,
front yards and community olive trees – into oil.

The annual Olives to Oil festival collects the fruit across two weekends before
turning it into oil and giving it back to participants.

This year there has been a bumper harvest. So far the community has collected
20 tonnes of olives and they’re expecting to press more than 2,000 litres of
oil from them. Another collection will be run in two weeks at the Hobsons Bay

“​​We were expecting that this would be a big year because we could see the
trees around town were quite bountiful,” says Merrin Layden, the manager of the
not-for-profit 3000Acres, which runs the festival.

“But it’s double what we thought we might get – the biggest previous year was
6.6 tonnes.”"

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               *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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