(Picture taken at the 2007 International Olive Oil Competition, Valencia, Spain, by Matthew Meier)
The International Olive Oil Competition (IOOC) has been around since 1975, and has grown massively since then. It was founded in 1975 by Helvetica Aldondus in Kalamata, Greece. It was formed to settle a debate between Greek olive farmers and Italian olive farmers as to which was better, and many people from and around these olive farms came to watch, and eventually people who were near the convention centers came to watch, including foreigners who went home to tell others about it. Eventually, olive farmers from all over the world came to attend and compete, and the competition grew. Today, many olive producing countries such as the United States, Greece, Italy, Spain, and many others. People from all over the world also come to watch the event.
The Competition will be open to everyone that wishes to come, with no admission fee for guests. Professional tasters from all over the globe will be at the competition, as well as olive farmers, olive oil producers, commentators, judges, and many others. The event creator, Helvetica Aldondus, will be there as well. There will be security checks and the entrance, food and drinks will be servered throughout the day, with concession stands and food trucks on site.
The IOOC has long since been held in Europe, specifically Italy and Greece, as most of the people that control the event live near that area, however, this year will be different. The competition will be held in San Diego, California at the San Diego Convention Center on October 21st through the 26th. To handle the size of this competition, each country/region has been given its own day.
|Country/Region||North America||North Africa||Middle East||Western Europe/Italy||Balkans/Greece||Judge Overview & Decisions|
|Date||October 21st||October 22nd||October 23rd||October 24th||October 25th||October 26th|
|Times||9:30 AM - 2:00 PM||9:30 AM - 2:00 PM||9:30 AM - 2:00 PM||10:00 AM - 3:00 PM||10:00 AM - 3:00 PM||10:00 AM - 12:00 PM|