San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition (SJVOOC)

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After a remarkably successful first year with 52 entries, The Big Fresno Fair is proud to announce the return of the popular San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition (SJVOOC). The competition is open to all olive oil producers in the State of California with olive oil made from the most recent olive harvest. Entries are now being accepted and the deadline to enter is February 26, 2016.

The Big Fresno Fair is now accepting entries for the 2nd Annual San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition.
The competition is open to all California olive oil makers producing olive oil made from the most recent harvest.

In last year’s inaugural event, 52 producers took part in the competition.

“Showcasing the quality and variety of top-notch olive oil producers found throughout California has been an incredible addition to our competitive exhibits at The Big Fresno Fair,” said Stacy Rianda, deputy manager at The Big Fresno Fair.

“We were very happy with last year’s participation and feedback on the competition,” said Stacy Rianda, deputy manager at The Big Fresno Fair. “This year we look forward to even more entries and the opportunity to yet again, showcase the olive oil industry to our more than 600,000 fairgoers in October.”

The deadline for entries is Feb. 26.

The competition features two classes: Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Flavored Olive Oil.

Competition categories in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil class include: Spanish Blends; Spanish Singles; Italian Blends; Italian Singles; Other Blends; and Other Singles.

Competition categories in the Flavored Olive Oil class include: Citrus; Herbal; and Other Flavors.

Gold and silver medals will be awarded in each category, as well as one overall “Best of Show” in both the EVOO category and the Flavored Oil category.

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 March 8.
Judges are all members of the California Olive Oil Council Taste Panel.

Winners will be announced on March 17, 2016 by 5 p.m.

Gold Medal and Best of Show winners will have the opportunity to have a booth in the Wells Fargo Agricultural Building on both Saturdays and Sundays during the 2016 Big Fresno Fair where they can taste, display and sell their award-winning product. Additionally, educational information will be set up so that Fairgoers can learn more about the art of making olive oil, its health benefits, recipes and more.

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

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