The California State Fair prides itself in showcasing California’s best commercial wine, cheese, craft brew and extra virgin olive oil. This competition designates the best extra virgin olive oils which are grown, processed and packaged in California.
This project is supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through Grant SCB14002.
2017 Competition Resources:
2017 Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition Judging Results & Searchable Database
2017 Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition Handbook
2017 Extra Virgin Olive Oil Sampling Education Center Information Application
2017 Best of California Magazine Award Seal Order Form
April 13 – Sampling & Sales Center booking open to all CA State Fair winning producers
June 21 – Capitol Steps Press Event
Best of Show winners, Bondolio and Calivirgin, will receive their Golden Bear Trophies at this morning public media event.
June 21 – Best of California Tasting Reception
Best of Show and Best of California winners are invited to connect with buyers and producers while sampling their oils at this reception, held as the opening event of the annual California State Fair Gala.
July 14 – 30 – California Extra Virgin Olive Oil Sampling & Sales Center, Classroom & Educational Exhibit at the 2017 California State Fair
Consumers and Producers bond over free samples of California’s best olive oils. New this year, expert-led olive oil tasting and pairing classes will be held during the Fair.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When will the results from the 2017 Competition be announced?
A: Results will be posted online and emailed to participants on Friday, March 24, 2017.
Q: Where can I get a lab test done for my entry??
A: Olive Oil Source has a list of Testing Laboratories
Q: What must my lab test show?
A: Free Fatty Acid level must be ≤0.5%
Q: Who will the Judges be?
A: Judges are being recruited from several California Sensory Panels.
Click here to see the list of 2017 judges.
Q: Does my flavored Oil need a Lab Test?
A: No, only Extra Virgin Olive Oils need to be sent with lab tests.
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