Olive Oil Events

California State Fair

July 10-26, 2015

Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sacramento, CA

This spring the Cal State Fair held their inaugural Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.  There were many COOC members among the competition winners.  At the fair, there will be a California Extra Virgin Olive Oil exhibit as well as an exclusive tasting event for gold-medal winners.

Find out more: www.castatefair.org

Competition Winners: www.castatefair.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2015-Extra-Virgin-Olive-Oil-Competition-Judging-Results1.pdf

McEvoy Ranch, Ranch Tours

July 18, 2015, 1:30 – 3:30pm

August 15, 2015, 9:30 – 11:30am

October 3, 2015, 1:30 – 3:30pm

Petaluma, CA


This tour of McEvoy Ranch includes an overview of McEvoy’s history and an introduction to their olive oil production and wine program.  You’ll walk in the orchards and vineyards and visit the state-of-the-art olive oil mill.  The tour concludes with an oil tasting and sensory evaluation in which you’ll hear suggestions for how to best enjoy McEvoy’s olive oil. www.mcevoyranch.com

Paso Robles Olive Festival

August 14-15, 2015

Friday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (pre-festival dinner, $25) 

Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (main event, FREE)

Paso Robles, CA

Bring the family to Paso Robles for a day of olive inspired fun. On Friday night, there will be a Pre-Olive Festival Social Mixer and Olive Oil Tasting ($25/person). On Saturday, during the main festival event, there will be olive oil and olive product sampling from producers from all over California. In addition, there will be an olive oil cooking contest, wine and beer tastings, Freckles the Clown, children activities, and more. http://pasoroblesolivefestival.com/

UC Master Milling Certificate Course

October 1 – 4, 2015

Davis, CA

$1,025 until August 1, 2015, $1,225 after August 1, 2015

This Master Milling course will be led by Leandro Ravetti, executive director of Australia’s Boundary Bend Limited and expert in olive oil processing, growing, and standards.  The course will include a field trip to three olive oil processors in Yolo County, including to Boundary Bend’s new U.S. facility in nearby Woodland.  http://olivecenter.ucdavis.edu/events/uc-master-milling-certificate-course

2015 Big Fresno Fair

October 7 - 18, 2015

Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Friday 11 a.m.  midnight

Saturday 10 a.m.  midnight

Sunday 10 a.m.  11 p.m.

Fresno, CA

Adults $10, Children 6-12 $7, Children 5 and under FREE, Seniors 62 and over $7, Military $7, Additional payment for parking

This past May, the COOC taste panel members conducted the judging for the Inaugural San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition (SJVOOC).  Winners of the Gold and Silver Medals, as well as the recipient of the “Best of Show” award have the opportunity to have a booth in the Wells Fargo Agricultural Building on both Saturdays and Sundays during the 2015 Big Fresno Fair.  At their booth, they will be able to display and sell their award-winning product(s). Additionally, educational booths will be set up so that Fairgoers can learn more about the art of making olive oil, its health benefits, recipes and more.

Winners: http://www.fresnofair.com/sjv-olive-oil-competition