21 Jun

York Olive Harvest Festival

York’s marvellous Mediterranean style climate is perfect for growing olives and from April to July the Olive Harvest is in full swing.

To celebrate this growing industry, and the unique opportunity to sample olive oil at its freshest, the York Olive Harvest Festival will be held on 24 and 25 June 2006.

The festival, set in the charming heritage town of York (just an hour’s drive from Perth), will be a celebration of the olive, and will encompass all stages involved from growing to eating this wonderful fruit. You will also be able to visit an olive grove and see the oil being made in the glorious rural settings nearby.

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June are planned to be ‘family fiesta days’ with food, music and loads of fun for all the family. Entrance for the public to Peace Park will be free.

There will be entertainment, a children’s play area, and the Farmyard on Wheels. Visitors will be able to taste the oils and olives entered into the York Olive Oil Awards Competition. A wide variety of stalls will showcase olive oil and olive products of Western Australia, along with locally produced items, horticultural products and plants. There will be music and entertainment.

Celebrity chefs will perform cooking demonstrations. Special guest Chef Dale Sniffen will demonstrate delicious recipes featuring olives and olive oil, Margaret Johnston, food writer and gourmet will talk about using olive oil in your home and Matthew Lunn will talk about the Mediterranean Garden. Luiggi Bazzani will have olive trees for sale, and will talk about growing and pruning and lastly Associate Professor Graeme Stewart will present “Health Benefits of Olive Oil”.
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