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Olives to Oil - Northside

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Presented in partnership with Merri-Bek, Yarra and Darebin Councils, Olives to Oil is an annual event run by CERES, bringing people together to harvest olives and have them pressed communally into delicious, local olive oil.

We’re thrilled with how popular Olives to Oil has become, growing exponentially year on year. To help cope with this demand and ensure more people have delicious oil to enjoy, there will be some changes to the program this year - please read the details carefully even if you have participated before.


Tickets are essential to take part, we won’t be able to accept olives which aren’t planned for this year. When booking you'll be asked to select a weight category you expect to pick. Small quantities(under 20kg) remain free so everyone can participate, but larger quantities will be asked to contribute to help cover costs. Book a time to bring your olives to CERES in Brunswick East on 

Sunday 5th May 11am - 3pm OR

Sunday 19th May 11am-3pm 

Due to the popularity of the program in 2024 tickets are only available to residents of participating councils - Merri-Bek, Yarra and Darebin. Please bring proof of address with you when you drop off your olives. 

If Olives to Oil isn’t available in your area - we recommend sending a letter to your local council to encourage their participation next year. Write your own or use this email template.

You (or a friend or family member) must be available to collect your oil in Preston on Sunday 16th June. If you miss this day, there will be no further opportunity to pick up your oil. 

Please find more information and FAQs HERE

Olives to Oil 2024 


By booking a ticket you agree to the following Terms and Conditions:

  1. I understand that it is my responsibility to collect the olive oil on Sunday 16th June. If I am away or unwell I will arrange a friend or family member to collect it. I accept that there will not be other opportunities and agree that my oil will be donated to local food organisations if it is not collected on the pick-up day.
  2. I live in a partner Council municipality and understand that I may be asked to provide proof of residence on delivery day. Partner Councils in 2024 are Darebin, Merri-Bek and Yarra
  3. I understand that before the olive drop off day, if I have harvested more or less olives than expected I am able to cancel and rebook (via Humanitix) if tickets of the correct weight are available. I accept that no ticket fees can be refunded if tickets of the correct weight are unavailable and no ticket fees will be refunded on or after olive drop off day.
  4. I understand that if I have picked more olives than my ticket capacity I can choose to wait until the end of the event and these may be accepted if there is capacity. Olives to Oil cannot accept olives beyond our capacity and no responsibility will be taken for excess olives.
  5. I understand that my olives need to be picked just before the event (not more than two days in advance) and cannot be accepted if they are visibly bruised, mouldy or spoiled. 
  6. I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to ensure my registered contact details are correct. If I have not received a confirmation email or updates it is my responsibility to check my spam folder then contact Olives to Oil. I will stay up to date with Olives to Oil updates.

CERES will retain 10% of the total harvest to sell through our stores to support the running cost of the program.

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Refund policy

No ticket fees will be refunded on or after olive drop off day.