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 joined the owners and caretakers of the olive estate as they strolled through the grove, where they were then guided as to the best olives to harvest.  The group then headed to the onsite processing sheds where they were then taught the intricacies of olive pickling as they created their own take home stash.

Afterwards they enjoyed 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 left with their own 5 litre bucket of pickled olives as well as a wealth of knowledge that was passed on directly from the producer.”

The event formed part of the High Country Harvest, a two week celebration across much of the North East.  Celebrating wonderful food, wine and craft beer this was an event not to be missed.

Location ~ An Olive Estate in Mansfield Shire

Food ~ Mansfield Regional Produce Store

Photography ~ Brigitte Brocklesby