The fourteenth 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 the fall of 2022 and feature olive oils produced from across the state of 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 two categories: extra virgin and flavored extra virgin olive oil. The categories are then separated into classes by varietal. After several years of judging the organic and conventional oils separately, this year they will be judged together. The awarded organic oils will be noted as being organically produced.
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.
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