Central Otago olive lovers have the chance to get their hands on fresh extra virgin olive oil straight from the press.

The Central Otago Olive Growers group (COOG) is holding its inaugural Community Processing Day near Cromwell on Sunday.

Cromwell Olive presser Stephen Morris said the day would be a great way for backyard olive growers to get oil from their trees.

“We’re just trying to get people who have a few olive trees in their back yard who want to get their own oil.”

Those without olive trees were also welcome to come and pick olives and get their own oil as well, he said.

Those who had never harvested olives would be shown how to pick them.

The olives would go into one large communal pressing with the resulting oil a reflection of Central Otago.

Each group of participants would receive a 250ml bottle of Olio Nuovo olive oil straight off the press.


The oil would then go through a certification process and participants would receive extra virgin olive oil in proportion to the fruit they supplied. This would be bottled and available to collect from the press in two months’ time.

The community pressing oil would also be entered in the national olive oil competition later in the year.

People were invited to bring a picnic and give things a go, Mr Morris said.

Food and hot drinks would be on sale and people were encouraged to dress warmly and wear safety goggles and gloves.

Olive oil tasting would also be on offer.

The Central Otago Olive Growers Community Processing Day is being held on Sunday, from 10am to 2pm, at 125 Smiths Way, Cromwell. It costs $20 per family or group and the postponement date is June 7.