International Judges to preside over record entry for the New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards
A record of 136 entries has been received for the 2016 New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards; 117 Extra Virgin and
19 Flavoured olive oils. The previous best entry was less than 100.
The international judges are Reni Hildenbrand from South Africa, Georges Feghali from Lebanon, Robert Harris from
Germany/Australia along with New Zealand judges Charlotte Connoley from Auckland, Rachel Priestley from Greytown and
Rachel Costello from Nelson. Judging will take place in Auckland the first week of October with major awards of Best in
Show, Best Boutique in Show, Best Flavoured Oil in Show, Best Processor and Best Label in addition to Gold, Silver and
Bronze awards. The results will be announced at the NZ Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards Dinner to be held at Parliament on
Saturday 15th October.
The New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards are the premier olive oil competition in New Zealand, requiring all Extra
Virgin entries to have been certified as such by the International Olive Oil Council Laboratory in Australia and all the
judges to have been trained to the International Olive Council standard. For more information see....