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Central Coast Olive Oil Competition judges confirmed 

Winning entries showcased at the California Mid-State Fairolive oil competition

– The Central Coast Olive Oil Competition, hosted annually by the California Mid-State Fair, has confirmed its judges for the 2017 competition. The ninth annual competition takes place in April and features over 100 olive oils that are produced in California.

The judges confirmed for the 2017 event are:

  • Paul Vossen – Chief Judge – Santa Rosa, CA
  • Franco Dunn – Healdsburg, C
  • Fran Gage – San Francisco, CA
  • Louie Gonzales – Oakland, CA
  • John Hadley – Forestville, CA
  • Arden Kremer – Sonoma, CA
  • Julie Menge – Sacramento, CA
  • Olga Orlova – Brooks, CA
  • Sandy Sonnenfelt – Berkley, CA


The overall goal of the Central Coast Olive Oil Competition is to provide a venue for California olive oils to be professionally judged and to educate consumers regarding the quantity and styles of olive oil produced in California.

Olive oils are divided into extra virgin, flavored extra virgin, organic extra virgin, and flavored organic extra virgin olive oil and are separated into classes by varietal. The panel of judges evaluates each entry according to aroma, taste, and intensity ranging from delicate to robust.

Entries that earn medals are showcased at the 2017 California Mid-State Fair as well as the 2017 Lodi Grape Festival. Registration for the competition is open and available at online until Thursday, April 6th. For more information, contact  Central Coast Olive Oil Competition.

The 2017 California Mid-State Fair runs July 19 through July 30. This year’s theme is “Come One, Come All…”



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