Olives to Oil Festival is an annual event bringing people together from across Melbourne to harvest olives and have them pressed communally into delicious, local olive oil. It’s a fantastic way to use increase community connection and strengthen neighbourhood bonds.
“O2O gave me an excuse to talk to my neighbours, to encourage others to participate in the pressing, and we met up with friends on the weigh in day!” – 2022 participant
Don’t have your own olives? We have several options for you!
Get your neighbours involved!
We’d love for you to share information about Olives to Oil and get your neighbours involved. Download a Olives to Oil Hello Neighbour postcard (available in 10 different languages), print it out and pop it in their letterbox or knock on the door and say hello. We have print copies available at our Customer Service Centre in Preston.
Join a Community Olive Harvest event. The olives harvested will go into the CERES Olives to Oil communal oil pressing and then you can collect a small amount of oil in June.:
- All Nations Community Olive Harvesting Day, Saturday 20th May from 12-3pm. Join us for a family friendly community olive harvest in Northcote’s All Nations Park. No experience necessary – you will be shown how to safely harvest. Register here
- Regent Community Garden Olive Harvesting Day, Saturday 20th May from 9am-1pm. Help to harvest the olive trees at Regent Community Garden. Register here
For more information about the festival, visit https://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/sustainable-food