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SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY OLIVE OIL COMPETITION

The 5th Annual San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition (SJVOOC) featured incredible and diverse olive oil entries from throughout California, showing the quality and craftsmanship of California-produced olive oil. The 2019 SJVOOC winners were judged on April 2 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds by a panel of sensory experts.

Entries were received in two divisions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and Flavored Olive Oil, with 10 classes in total. Gold and Silver Medals were awarded, as well as an overall “Best of Show” selected from all of the highest scoring gold medal entries in both classes. New this year, the “Best of the Valley Award” was added to the competition. In total there were 27 EVOO and 9 Flavored Olive Oil entries that were entered for judging. The competition had one new producer who had previously never entered and ended up winning the “Best of Show” EVOO.


2019 SJVOOC Winners

Best of Show


Best of the Valley


Extra Virgin Olive Oils


Flavored Olive Oils

“Despite an olive shortage for the 2018 harvest, we could not be more pleased with the showing of these amazing olive oil producers and excited to add a new one to the mix,” said Stacy Rianda, Deputy Manager II at The Big Fresno Fair. “It’s such a rewarding feeling to showcase these incredible California-produced olive oils through this competition.”

Gold Medal and Best of Show winners will have the opportunity to have a booth in the Wells Fargo Agriculture Building on one day during a weekend at the 2019 Big Fresno Fair or have a booth at the Fair’s 2nd Annual Fall Wine Festival on Saturday, October 12. At either location, they will have the opportunity to display and sell their award-winning product. Additionally, educational information will be set up so that Fairgoers can learn more about the art of making olive oil, its health benefits, recipes and more.


Rules & Judging

2019 Rules

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