The tenth annual Central Coast Olive Oil Competition, hosted by the California Mid-State Fair and in partnership with the Lodi Grape Festival, will take place in April 2018 and feature over 100 olive oils produced in California.
The overall goal of the Central Coast Olive Oil Competition is to provide a venue for California olive oils to be professionally judged and to educate consumers regarding the quantity and styles of olive oil produced in California. Judges are qualified based on their experience in using olive oil in cooking, education and production.
Olive oils are separated into four categories: extra virgin, flavored extra virgin, organic extra virgin, and flavored organic extra virgin olive oil. The categories are then separated into classes by varietal. The panel of competition judges, who are from all over the state of California, evaluate each entry according to aroma, taste, and intensity, ranging from delicate to robust.
Entries that earn medals will be showcased during the 2018 California Mid-State Fair, July 18 – 29, and at the Lodi Grape Festival, which runs September 13 – 16.
Some of the 2018 CCOOC Judging Staff with the Best of Show Winners
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Chief Judge: Arden Kremer, Sonoma, CA
Brigit Binns, Paso Robles, CA
Franco Dunn, Healdsburg, CA
Fran Gage, San Francisco, CA
Lawrence Jacobs, Santa Rosa, CA
Michael Laukert, Napa, CA
Nancy Lilly, Sonoma, CA
Julie Menge, Sacramento, CA
Sandy Sonnenfelt, San Francisco, CA
Wendy Winters, Vallejo, CA
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