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Festival of the Olives at the Old Mildura Homestead, Victoria

Mildura will be getting a taste of Greece soon with the Festival of the Olives to be held at the Old Mildura Homestead. A great event to spend time with family and friends, there will be plenty going on to appeal to visitors of all ages.

For the young ones, there will be lots of kids’ entertainment, including a jumping castle. For the grown-ups, there will be a special guest appearance from comedian George Kapiniaris. Of course it can’t  be a Greek festival unless there’s dancing, which the Greek Lyceum Dancers from Adelaide and the Robinvale Greek Dancers will gladly provide to visitors.

The Festival of Olives was the brainchild of Voula Kanelopoulos, President of the Greek Elderly Citizens’ Club of Mildura. At the Old Mildura Homestead across the road from where Voula lives, there are 13 olive trees that were originally planted around the turn of the century by Greek pioneers who introduced the “cold dip” process for dried fruits. Voula was aware that the contribution the Greek people made to the Sunraysia area was not well known.

The festival came to fruition with the assistance of Freda Chagellis, a Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities’ Council (SMECC) project officer, and many volunteers.

Festival of the Olives will take place at the Old Mildura Homestead on Sunday, May 6 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The gold coin donation upon entry (patrons are asked to make this donation) will go to the local Murray Venturer Scouts. For more information on the event, email

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