February 05, 2006
WOODLAND – Entries are now being accepted for an California-produced olive oil, Registered Organic Olive Oil, and flavored olive oil competition to be conducted in Northern California in March.
The Yolo County Fair will host the event, which will feature both statewide and local competitions. Entries are due by 5 p.m. March 20 and must consist of two bottles of at least eight ounces in size. Oils may be delivered via UPS and mail, or delivered directly to the Yolo County Fair Office. An entry fee of $50 per entry is also due with entry forms, which are available from the Yolo County Fair and online at: http://www.yolocountyfair.net.
“In recent years, interest in the multiple uses of olive oils has grown in popularity,” said Fair Board Member Patty Bogle. “Yolo County and Northern California producers have put products on the market that have attracted consumer attention, and we want to help further highlight the industry and its contributions to California’s agriculture economy.”
Olive oils produced anywhere in California are eligible for the competition. New this year is the section of registered organic Olive oils. Olive oils produced locally will be judged in the statewide competitions – and will also be entered into a second contest against other Yolo County entries.
All winners will be honored at a post-special awards event on May 7, where the public will be invited to taste the award-winning olive oils and meet their producers. Winners will also be recognized at the 2006 Yolo County Fair in August.
This is the second olive oil competition the Yolo County Fair has hosted. The first event was a local competition conducted in August 2005 during the run of the annual Yolo County Fair. More than 40 olive oils competed in that contest, which highlighted the olive oil’s contribution to California’s agricultural industry. California is the leading producer of olive oil in the United States.
The 2006 competition expands on the success of last year’s event. A group of professional judges will judge the olive oil competition, which has more than 15 classes.
Judging will be conducted March 28 through 30. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded, as well as Best of Class and Best of Show. All winners will be notified within 14 days of the competition. A special Best of Yolo County award will be presented to the winner of the local contest.
For a complete set of rules and entry forms for the 2006 Olive Oil and Flavored Oil Competition, please contact the Yolo County Fairgrounds at (530) 662-5393, or visit: http://www.yolocountyfair.net.