September 09, 2006
Matapiro Olives won Best in Show from all Gold Medal winners for the 2006 New Zealand Gourmet Oil Competition. There was little surprise with the awarding of Best in Show, following the blind judging and the unveiling judge Terry Copeland commented “…no surprise, a very classy oil outfit”.
Six Gold Medals were awarded with 18 Silver Medals and 17 Bronze Medals also awarded in the competition which is open to Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Walnut Oil, Avocado Oil and Infused Olive Oils.
The aim of the competition is to promote to the New Zealand gourmet public the quality and variety of oils produced and commercially available in New Zealand.
Judges were impressed with the quantity and overall quality of entries. Ray McVinnie heralded the results a win for consumers with such great oils available in New Zealand. “The level of experience of oil producers in New Zealand is very good. There is a great deal of skill involved and I congratulate them all, it certainly bodes well for the future of the industry”, McVinnie said.
Award winning oils will be displayed at the Royal New Zealand Show in November as part of the Food & Wine NZ Pavilion.
The Royal New Zealand Show runs over three days from 15-17 November at Canterbury Agricultural Park Christchurch. Attracting over 109,000 people, over 5000 livestock entries and 450 trade exhibitors, plus three full days of entertainment, it’s the premier agricultural and pastoral event in the country.
For more information visit www.royalshow.co.nz or contact:
Nicola Cull, Marketing Coordinator
Royal New Zealand Show
Telephone 03 365 4203
Mobile 0212 65 1174