It is the season of tests. My second son completed his final battery of high school exams and moves to the next level – college. I am very proud of him. School boys and girls aren’t the only ones being tested right now, so is extra virgin olive oil (evoo).
This coming week the testing phase of the 2011 Los Angeles Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition is being held in Pomona, California at the Fairplex. The winners will be on display at the Los Angeles County Fair in the Fall.
If you are wondering, as I was, is it open to the public? The answer is, no. Such a shame. Mr. Olive Crazy and I were dying to attend and when I spoke to the organizers and learned the bad news, we were very disappointed. Don’t you think the “tasting” portion of the competition would be a huge draw for olive and olive oil lovers? I sure do.
About ten years ago this olive oil competition joined up with the LA Wine and Spirits Competition and has been a great success. This year’s competition received 477 oils from 318 producers from Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay and the United States. That’s a lot of countries that produce olive oil that is competition-worthy, and the best part is, that number is growing.
I am fascinated by the tasting process and will be writing for you several articles on how an olive oil tasting (test) is conducted, what qualities and defects are tasters looking for, and where you can go to attend an olive oil tasting. I have other topics about olive oil tasting in mind too, so stay tuned.
I hope the olives studied hard – the time for testing has begun.
May the sun shine through your branches.