Imagine strolling through row upon row of established olive trees, walking where once the Cobb and Co carriages trundled with their baggage aboard. Nestled in the foothills of the Strathbogie Ranges close to the township of Mansfield, this olive grove has more than 4000 trees, views to Mount Buller, mighty granite hills as the backdrop and you may even be lucky enough to spot a wedge tailed eagle soaring above.
Participants will join Claire and Kevin Wallace, owners and caretakers of Strathbogie Ranges Estate as they stroll through the grove, where they will then be guided as to the best olives to harvest. The group then heads to the onsite processing sheds where they are taught the intricacies of olive pickling as they create their own take home stash. Afterwards share in a lunch of slow braised Myrrhee Boer Goat paired with a glass of local cool climate wine and hosted by Gil Belle from the Mansfield Regional Produce Store. A true local’s experience.
“The Mansfield region is home to many food and wine producers and this is just one way to truly experience the paddock to plate journey” said Allison Walker of Walker Events. ‘Participants will leave with their own 5 litre bucket of pickled olives as well as a wealth of knowledge that has been passed on directly from the producer.”
The event forms part of the High Country Harvest, a two week celebration across much of the North East. Celebrating wonderful food, wine and craft beer this is an event not to be missed.
Location ~ Strathbogie Ranges Estate
Photography ~ Brigitte Brocklesby