During two different days people could discover and voluntarily participate in the traditional process of making olive oil. The well-kept, 240 acre farm which forms part of a program called WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and belongs to an American couple, surprised the international group of participants with its breath-taking location right in the mountains (driving the windy way up was already an adventurous experience).
The lovingly prepared schedule of the sold out event was organized by the Mallorquan-French event manager Deborah Piña and included a walk to the olive groves where the volunteers had been working since early morning. There the traditional harvest methods of beating the olives down with a stick could be observed.
Before approximately 30 people sat down at a large wooden table in front of the house which was decorated with authentic Mallorcan details, the multi-lingual organizer invited everybody to a brief olive oil tasting and then proceeded to cook the delicious meal herself. Some of the ingredients of the tasty and typical Mallorcan lunch derived from the farm’s own vegetable garden. While feasting on the food and some local wines from the Bodega Mortitx the participants could enjoy the magnificent weather as well as the unrivaled views into the valley.
Afterwards the group followed the next steps in the production of olive oil watching the farm manager, Tolo Bennàsser separate the leaves from the olives and then get the 200 years old mill up and running. For the latter, a mule supported the process of pressing the olives and onlookers in the Tafona were transported back in time when workers on the farm used to toast their bread on the fire in the morning and dip it into the freshly pressed oil (the origins of ‘Pa amb oli’).
The interesting presentation during which more than one guest got their hands dirty ended with a lovely Mallorcan snack and another glass of wine in the candle-lit courtyard.
A wonderful event and a unique experience which not only brought people together but also encouraged all participants to get in touch with the authentic, Mallorcan nature.
Visit www.pedruxella.com to find out more about volunteering to work at Pedruxella Gran in exchange for food and lodging.