The San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition is back! Entries are now being accepted for the 2024 San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition (SJVOOC)! Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Flavored Olive Oil entries from commercial 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 29, 2024.
Questions on entering? Email Cindy Suarez at email@example.com
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).