San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition calling all olive oil makers

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The Big Fresno Fair is launching its inaugural San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition. The competition, in partnership with the California Olive Oil Council, is open to all olive oil producers in the State of California with olive oil made from the most recent olive harvest. There will be two classes for entries: Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Flavored Olive Oil. Awards will be given out for Gold and Silver medals in each category, as well as one overall “Best of Show.” Entries are now being accepted and the deadline to enter is May 8, 2015.

Producers may submit multiple entries under one category but may not submit a particular entry to more than one category. All entries must be available for commercial sale at the time of submittal. Judging will be held on May 21 and 22, at the California Olive Oil Council, headquartered in Berkeley. The judging panel will be comprised of six olive oil sensory experts provided by the California Olive Oil Council. Winners will be announced on May 29, 2015.

Each submission must include an entry form, at least two 250 ml bottles of the olive oil with retail labels attached and a $60 non-refundable fee per entry. Entries can be dropped off at The Big Fresno Fair Administration Office or can be shipped to SJVOOC – The Big Fresno Fair, 1121 S. Chance Ave. Fresno, CA 93702 no later than 5 p.m. on May 8, 2015. Any entry delivered by mail, freight or express must be prepaid. The Administration Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for drop offs.

For more information about the new San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition including downloadable entry forms and deadlines, please visit www.fresnofair.com/sjv-olive-oil-competition, email questions to srianda@fresnofair.com or call The Big Fresno Fair office at (559) 650-FAIR.

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