5 reasons to visit this year’s Watercress Creek Olive Festival

The annual olive festival is back on April 11 from 8am-2pm.
24 Mar 2021
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of heading out to the Watercress Creek Olive Festival do yourself a favour and check it out this year when the festival returns on April 11.

The festival is held on Bernie and Lorraine Mahon’s olive and lime farm about 20 minutes north of Ipswich.

It started out as this small country market and has grown into an amazing day out with people lining up to get into the 7.5ha farm.

Entry costs $5 per person, or $10 per car to come into the festival, see live demonstrations and taste the produce.

Taste testing olive products

Watercress Creek Olive Festival

During the Olive Festival you can line up to taste test some of the products made on site, including fresh and baked olives, olive oil, tapenades, jams, lime cordial and much more!

And you can buy the products straight from the farm as well as watch some live product demonstrations on who to use olives in cooking and the how to marinate olives.

Produce from surrounding farms

Honey at the Watercress Creek Olive Festival

There’s everything from local wines to local honey and cheese available at the festival.  Stock up on relishes and jams and meet some of the producers.

Farm tours

Watercress Creek Olives and Limes

Follow farmer Bernie into the fields to find out about how this fourth generation farmer turned the once dairy and small crops farm into an olive and lime orchard.

Market stalls

Handmade clothes at the Watercress Creek Olive Festival

While there’s olives and local produce available there’s other market stalls that sell handmade items like cheese boards, art, handmade clothing, plants, natural goat soap and much more!

And there’s baked goods for sale including cakes and biscuits and a stall selling burgers.

There’s also a live band for you to listen to as you wander and enjoy.

Picnic in the olive grove

Watercress Creek Olives and Limes

Bernie and Lorraine have 1100 olive trees and 600 Tahitian limes on the property all planted satisfyingly in rows, and you can have a picnic amongst their slice of paradise.

Purchase a picnic pack with olives, tapenade, dukkha and olive oil, bread and cheese and sit under a shady tree to take in the beautiful surroundings.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his bestie Milly the Wombat, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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