OLIVE FANS: (From left) Nelly Basile from Brisbane, Rosie and Maria Leo, both from Casino, and Anna Burky from Brisbane.
OLIVE FANS: (From left) Nelly Basile from Brisbane, Rosie and Maria Leo, both from Casino, and Anna Burky from Brisbane.

Spitting pips all part of the fun at olive festival

By LUKE PRENDERGAST

THERE are few things more satisfying in life than sucking the flesh from an olive and spitting the pip as far as you can. Or is that just me?

Apparently not, as attendees at yesterday's Summerland Olive Festival in Casino can attest. Now in its seventh year, the festival this year moved from its former home of Mongogarie Lodge to the Casino CMCA village.

Summerland Olives vice president Warwick Hardwick described the festival, timed to mark the end of the harvest season, as a celebration of the growing Northern Rivers olive industry.

For the purists, the highlight was the pip-spitting competition, won by Andrew Hills of Cawongla, with a spit of 11.07 metres.

The clarinet player took time out from entertaining the crowd with his band Stipski to beat a tough field of about 20.

At just over a metre under the unofficial (disputed) world record, the spit was testament to his lung capacity.

"I think all the years of blowing hard helps," he said. "You need to blow pretty hard to get that little pip moving."

This reporter is already in training for next year.



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