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It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of this year’s San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition. We had hoped to just delay the judging beyond our original timeline; however, the sensory expert judges for the competition all reside in the Bay Area, which is still under their shelter-in-place order due to COVID-19, along with other obstacles that make judging the competition now or in the near future impossible.

We are grateful for all our SJVOOC 2020 participants and are working with them directly to still showcase California’s incredible olive oil industry at our 2020 Big Fresno Fair in October. Stay tuned for more details.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the “Shelter in Place” direction from Governor Newsom, the entry deadline and judging for the 2020 SJVOOC has been delayed. We are properly storing the olive oil received thus far and will judge when appropriate. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stacy Rianda at srianda@fresnofair.com. We hope you are staying healthy and safe, as we adhere to the direction of our government and health agencies in hopes that we can “flatten the curve” and resume connecting with one another in person.

Entries are now being accepted for the sixth Annual San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition (SJVOOC)! Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Flavored Olive Oil entries from producers in the State of California are eligible and olive oil must be made from producers’ most recent olive harvest. Deadline for entries is March 27, 2020.

Awards will be given out for Gold and Silver medals in each category, as well as one overall “Best of Show” and one overall “Best of the Valley” award. Judging will be evaluated and scored as follows:

  • Gold Medal: Awarded to an olive oil that demonstrates its type and/or varietal character, balance, structure and complexities to the highest standards. Gold Medals will be awarded to those oils receiving scores between 86 – 100 points.
  • Silver Medal: Awarded to an olive oil reflecting the correct distribution of balance and character of its type or variety; an oil deemed to be well crafted and of excellent quality. Silver Medals will be awarded to those oils receiving scores between 76- 85 points.
  • Best of Show: Awarded to an olive oil recognized to possess special characteristics of the highest quality overall. Only gold medal winners are eligible to compete for Best of Show in their division.
  • Best of the Valley: Awarded to the oil that scored the highest with the ranch or office located in the San Joaquin Valley. Medals will be awarded for both EVOO and flavored oils. (Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties eligible)

Questions on entering? Email Stacy Rianda at srianda@fresnofair.com.


2019 SJVOOC Winners

Best of Show

Best of the Valley

Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Flavored Olive Oils

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