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Next Waiheke Olive Festival:19th & 20th November 2016



We're taking a break in 2015 !!

Thanks for all your continued support.

See you in 2016.


Information below is from the 2014 festival and is retained for archive purposes


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The Olive Festival has become of one Waiheke's iconic events with an eclectic collection of Waiheke artisans brought together for a weekend of festivities.

An old fashion fair with colourful characters, interesting talks, tastes to savour and delight, wine to sip while you relax on the lawn and listen to live music.


  • Tastings of some of the best Waiheke Extra Virgin Olive Oils
  • Educational Seminars daily by Industry Experts from 11.30am
  • Artisan food producer stalls including Flamin Burgers, Pasta Mia, Rubys Coffee Co, Dragon Fire Pizza, Waiheke Herb Spread Platters, Revolution - and many more!
  • Waiheke Wines and other refreshments available.
  • Live Music while you relax on the lawn from 1pm to 5pm

Live Music

Time / Line up

  • 1-2pm
  • 2.15-3.15pm
  • 3.30pm-5pm

Sat 22nd

  • The silverblue set
  • Solomon Cole Band
  • Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes

Sun 23rd

  • Soulsista Aotearoa
  • Cat Tunks (AKA Black Sand Diva)
  • Latinaotearoa

Bio on Bands

The Silverblue Set.

The silverblue set plays smooth swinging jazz classics from the great American songbook, paying homage to the great artists of bygone eras. The silverblue set features vocalist Sarah-Jane Limbrick, Peter Reilly on guitar, Rick Shanks on harmonica, Aaron Coddel on bass and Phil Barker on drums. Tune in and chill out to the smooth sounds of classic jazz.

The Solomon Cole Band

The Solomon Cole Band is comprised of T.A.C. bassist and veteran UK song-writer Lee Catlin and Waiheke Island drummer extraordinaire Dione Denize who, alongside Cole’s wailing blues/soul vocal delivery, create a set of explosive and exalted blues, folk and roots based songs. The trio promise to be organic, uncontrolled and harmonious all at the same time as they aim for something that straddles raw blues, rock'n'roll and soul music wrapping it up in a foot stomping electric swagger that gets the place shaking

Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes

Widely regarded as one of the finest live acts in the country, Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes have twisted the fabric of musical time and lived to deliver you a curated selection of infectious and original rhythm and blues. Frontman and songwriter Sal Valentine is framed by a slick quartet of horns toting heavy licks and a polished rhythm section comprised of piano, double bass and drums.

Alongside the instrumentalists stand the foils to Sal Valentine: accomplished vocalists Chelsea Prastiti and Siobhan Grace. They are collectively named The Babyshakes, and have been declared by Valentine to be 'Auckland's Number 1 Band'. For an accurate representation, check out our feature on 'Songs From The Backyard': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJrTZGXBsvs


Using only her voice and guitar Soulsista draws on personal experiences to craft her melodic lyrics and tunes. If you have seen her live you will know she has unforgettable presence and is a powerhouse that can captivate any audience.

Soulsista looks to nature in all its many beautiful forms to provide inspiration. Even the 'nature' of who we can be in times of triumphs and tribulations. She embraces international influences including Bob Marley, Jill Scott, Sade and Ben Harper which all resonate in her music.

Cat Tunks

Cat Tunks (aka BlackSandDiva) is a well known performer on Waiheke after wowing crowds at Waiheke Jazz Festival since 2011, including a performance with the BlackSandDiva band at Rangihoua this year for the Good Friday Groove.

Performing a blend of jazz, funk, reggae and soul, her own brand of 'South Pacific Jazz Funk' has been played worldwide, she will be performing material from BlackSandDiva and her new upcoming single release straight after returning from the Samoana Jazz & Arts Festival, with her great band of Auckland based musicians.


Latinaotearoa is a latin-funk soul & hiphop outfit that has been on the uprise in land of the long white cloud, New Zealand. Amazing Vocalist Jeniffer Zea's from Venezuela, DJ Bobby Brazuka the unofficial Brazilian ambassador of music and culture in New Zealand and Isaac Aesili a talented producer and in-demand New Zealand percussionist and trumpeter.

Together they create a unique and truly legitimate Latin act with a local flavour, both bending and blending the traditional music of their homelands with the modern sounds of here and now. With the musical pedigree, multi-cultural exposure, impressive artist interaction and sheer talent that these artists possess, this trio is sure to shuffle feet and swing hips.

Daily Seminars

11:00am (both days): The Tree

  • A friendly stroll through the olive grove at Rangihoua Estate.
  • Discover more about growing these beautiful, ancient and mythical plants.
  • Learn what varieties to plant for your specific location, how to plant, train and prune, the nutritional needs of the trees and harvesting.
  • Hosted by John Edwards of Matiatia Grove and Grahame Taylor of Number 29

11:45am (both days): OLIVES - What Next – Table Olives or Oil?

  • What to do with your olive harvest?
  • Everything you need to know about preserving eating olives
  • Plus some tips if you’d like to learn more about producing one of life’s elixirs - Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  • Hosted by Margaret Edwards of Matiatia Grove.

12:15pm (both days): The Mediterranean Diet - health benefits of NZ Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • What is a healthy oil?  
  • What are the health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
  • The importance of including high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your diet.  
  • Does New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil meet the healthy oil criteria?
  • Hosted by Dr Laurence Eyres

Bio on Speakers

Dr. Laurence Eyres runs his own consultancy business specialising in oils and fats and related lipids. He has a special interest in olive oil. Laurence has had a varied career in the Food Industry and has also held roles as Director and Associate Professor of Food Technology and Agribusiness at Massey University and Business Development Director Food and Nutrition at Auckland University.

Laurence is a recently retired board Director of FSANZ. He holds advisory roles with the NZ Nutrition Foundation and the NZ Heart Foundation and is Chairman of the NZIC Oils and Fats specialist group.

Margaret Edwards As New Zealand's only international olive oil judge, Margaret judges regularly in the USA, Australia and Japan. She is a consultant to the olive industry, runs olive oil workshops and lectures nationally and internationally about New Zealand extra virgin olive oil.

Margaret and her husband grow and process olives on Waiheke Island for their award-winning extra virgin olive oil.


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