Abundance at Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove is an annual event which celebrates the launch of the bounty of this year’s olive harvest over the weekend of July 7 and 8, 2012. This year will be the biggest yet as Montalto marks the 10th anniversary of this family-friendly celebration on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
The Abundance weekend gives olive lovers the chance to taste the first of the new season’s range of Montalto olives and olive oils and to see, smell, touch and taste their way through a range of olive-related market stalls and cooking demonstrations. Enjoy a drink at the martini bar (each complete with olives, of course!), relax with an olive oil massage, learn about growing olives and find the ideal olive tree for your own garden at the olive tree nursery.
For an unforgettable shared table lunch, book into the Montalto Restaurant as chef Barry Davis will celebrate the flavours of the Mediterranean and the versatility of Montalto’s estate grown olives and seasonal oils. Alternatively choose a more casual wood-fired pizza and a glass of wine in the Piazza & Garden Café, with live music across both days of the event. After lunch, take on friends in a bocce battle or win new ones as you vie for the championship crown in in the olive pit spitting competition.
Abundance at Montalto is for family and friends, so bring the children, who’ll enjoy having their faces painted and taking a tour on the ‘olive express’ to meander amongst the estate’s 1500 olive trees on a tractor complete with covered carriage and other fun activities.
There is also natural wetlands that provide refuge for over 90 species of native birds and animal life and a permanent outdoor sculpture collection to explore and Montalto’s superb wine range to experience in the cellar door.
Abundance at Montalto
July 7 and 8 2012, 11am to 5pm
Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove
33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South
All weather event. Free entry. Pay as you go for meals and some activities.
Restaurant lunch: ($90 per person, Saturday and Sunday, 3 course set menu with an olive martini on arrival)
For Restaurant lunch bookings – P: 03 5989 8412