The Olive Harvest 2018

Yey! It’s olive harvest time again!

This year the weather has been very strange and we were warned that the oil yield would be poor due to a very long summer drought followed by some extremely heavy autumn rain and then a lack of sun to turn the water to oil in the fruit.

We hosted only 2 helpers this year, Emily from the UK (who had just completed a grape harvest in France) and Patrícia from Catalunya (who had never picked olives before!). A few days of wonderful olive picking (although some bad weather made it a little difficult) and we took the trip to the local co-operative mill in the village.

With our expectations low compared to last year, we were shocked to discover we had picked 712 kilos from only 38 trees! We then waited (whilst having a cold beer to celebrate) for the olive pulp to be pressed. On our return to the mill the olive oil was flowing. Another shock, 135 litres of liquid gold was produced which meant a yield of 19%. The average this year is 15% so the farm is doing us proud!

Huge thanks to our hardworking workaways and our wonderful neighbours who also have their own olive finca (future exchange of labour for sure!).

Look out for the Riba Rocks extra virgin olive oil available to purchase NOW in time for Christmas!
For 750ml of Riba Rocks oil we ask for a donation to the Riba Rocks not for profit Association of 6 euros. Contact us to order your fresh oil!

Alternatively, the oil is available for sale in Bay Leaves Larder and Rice Up, both in Southampton.

Here’s some photos of the pressing process at the mill…

Do the Riu d’art route this summer!

The 3rd edition of the Riu d’art residency is complete and we now boast 18 multimedia artworks installed in the village of Riba-roja d’Ebre. Works range from delicate illustrations to large scale murals, from graffiti ‘street art’ and contemporary installation art through to performance and sculpture. The artworks have been created by artists from all over the world including Riba-roja d’Ebre itself, Singapore, Austria and the United States.

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Riu d’art 2018 Inauguration

Riba Rocks (registered association) was proud to present the official inauguration of the 2018 Riu d’art residency, which took place in Riba-roja d’Ebre on the 30th June 2018. The evening saw an official reception outside the Town Hall where the Riba Rocks Association and the Youth Councillor of the Ajuntament thanked all the artists involved and reiterated the aims and objectives of this residency.
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Mercat d’Artesans

It’s back! The ‘Mercat d’Artesans’ returns on the Saturday 23rd June in Riba-roja d’Ebre from 10am to 8pm. With local and international artisans and artists showcasing and selling their works throughout the day, including prints, cards, silk art and souvenirs, wood turning, ecological products, photography, oils, wines, and much much more!!
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Selected Artists Riu d’art 2018

Having received an overwhelming response to the call for applications for this year’s Riu d’art residency in Riba-roja d’Ebre, we are very excited to announce the selected artists, local and international, who will be residing and working in the village from 18th to 30th June to create their art in public spaces.

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Call for submissions for the third edition of Riu d’Art

From 18th to 30th June 2018, in Riba-roja d’Ebre, the 3rd edition of the initiative Riu d’Art will take place, transforming the rural Catalan village into a hub of creativity.

Open call
The deadline for submitting proposals is 15th April 2018, and it is open to all artists, regardless of their nationality, aged between 25 and 40 years. Interested artists should send their applications to including one or more artistic proposals, as well as other supporting documents detailed within the submission document. Read more »

Mercat d’Artesans 23rd December

We are so excited to be co-organising the first ‘Mercat d’Artesans’ in Riba-roja d’Ebre on Saturday the 23rd of December from 11am until 5pm in the Town Hall square and the Jubilats square will showcase handmade artisan products of silk, wood and stone as well as oils, wines, demonstrations and much, much more!

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The Olive Harvest 2017

This is fast becoming our favourite time of the year! Early November saw the arrival of our awesome group of workaway volunteers from Germany, Poland, South Korea, Scotland and the U.S to help with this year’s olive harvest. The trees were looking so full, we cracked on for 3 days and managed to collect 1000 kilos from only half the valley. The best year yet!

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Riu d’Art – The Route!

The Art in Public Spaces project Riu d’Art now has signs installed by each artwork which have QR codes linking through to individual artist pages where you can read more about the artwork and the artist. There are leaflets and posters in bars and restaurants around the village of Riba-roja d’Ebre which contain a map showing each artwork location.

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Official Inauguration of Riu d’Art 2017

Riba Rocks co-organised the second Riu d’Art project in the village of Riba-roja d’Ebre, which saw the official inauguration on Sunday July 2nd with a tour around the village to view the works, culminating in speeches and live music in La Placa del Forn.

The second year of the art project features works by Jen Kilgour, Isabel Torres Ferrer and students of the l’Aula d’Art, Anna Georghiou, Phil Bird, Sarah Misselbrook, Oliver Hall and Adrià Cid. Read more »

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