Olives are at the very centre of the soul of Dalmatia, and it will not be long before you will be enjoying your first taste of the region’s special olive oil. The olive tradition dates back thousands of years, with the oldest olive tree dates at about 500 BC on the island of Hvar, and olive oil is at the heart of the healthy Mediterranean Diet which has been inscribed as UNESCO intangible heritage for the islands of Brac and Hvar.
And so what better place in the world to host the first World Championship of olive picking, which took place for the first time in Postira on Brac, attracting a very international field from as far away as New Zealand. So successful was it that the championship will be repeated once more this October. In the words of the organisers:
“The event is set to take place in beautiful small village Postira, from October 11th to 14th, and will feature teams of 4 pickers (2 men and 2 women).
Different country’s olive oil traditions will be represented at what is being promoted as the 2nd World Championship in Olive Picking.
All equipment will be provided for the teams taking part, as well as tours of the island, dinners and other entertainment during the non-competitive part of the 4-day event.
Dive into the rich tradition of olive oil production on the island Brač, enjoy the fruits of your work and end up as a champion! This is truly a one of the kind event and we can’t wait to see it develop into a great tradition.”
Check out the video of the first year’s competition below, and learn more about the island of Brac here.