Farm Gate Café Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, incl public holidays, until April 29
Red Rock Olives’ grove and farm gate café is situated near the Grampians National Park in western Victoria. We produce award-winning extra virgin olive oil, table olives, olive salt, artisan vinegars and more.
Our aim is to produce our products sustainably and ethically, with a focus on providing a paddock-to-plate experience.
Our farm gate café showcases the ever-growing Red Rock Olives product range through a seasonal menu, using local produce.
About Red Rock Olives
Who are we?
Owners Rita Bikins and David Margetson took over the business in May 2013 and refreshed the brand. The couple have combined Rita’s past Melbourne business and public relations experience, with David’s 35+ years of agriculture and farming.
Rita was based in Melbourne, constantly frustrated with the waste created by the city lifestyle – the paper in offices, food packaging and fast food. David worked for Project Platypus, a landcare organisation focused on revegetating the Grampians area. The couple met whilst tree-planting in the Wimmera area.
Together they hope to have a small environmental footprint and promote the incredible health benefits EVOO has to offer, as well as food integrity in the community.
THE OLIVE GROVE
Red Rock Olives is currently dry-land farming, which gives the oil a more intense flavour. The Grampians area is similar to the Mediterranean climate which is ideal for growing the fruit. Olive trees are a durable plant with drought resistant fruit that can tolerate 40ºC summers and cold winters.
The olive grove remains organically grown, chemical-free and uses sheep to prune regrowth on the trees and grass. This also returns the nutrients of the plant back into the soil, a method Red Rock Olives likes to call “munch and mulch”.
The previous owners planted more than 5,000 trees enclosed in 18 hectares of kangaroo proof fencing in 1997.
Farm Gate Café
Farm Gate Café
Friday to Monday, 10am to 5pm, incl public holidays
The Red Rock Olives farm gate café has a seasonal menu using locally-sourced produce that is fresh and abundant. We are conscious of what nature has to offer and aim to deliver food that echoes this philosophy.
Click here to view the menu.
We have implemented the “Backyard Trading” concept to the cafe. This allows locals and small scale growers in the area to donate their fresh produce to the cafe. We introduced this in an effort to reduce food wastage in the community. It often involves pickling and preserving, a technique that allows food to be kept for a longer period.
Find us, follow us
Stop by and say hi or give us a buzz.
Look for the roadside flags and signs marking the entrance, at the corner of Ararat-Halls Gap Rd (Halls Gap Tourist Road) and Tunnel Rd, Pomonal.
Any other times, please call for special arrangements, we would love to see you!
Address: 3594 Ararat - Halls Gap Rd, Pomonal
Phone: 5356 6168 or 0414 887755.
Post: C/O Post Office, Pomonal Vic 3381
ABN: 78 994 004 387