Around 200 olive oil producers, distributors, food industry leaders and international journalists are expected to attend the awards ceremony at the 2019 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition on May 10, organizers said, as the event continues to draw more people with each edition of its annual gala.

At 7:30 PM (Eastern U.S.), the seventh annual NYIOOC Awards Night will kick off with a tasting featuring olive oils from dozens of countries with delicacies prepared by the NYIOOC’s resident chef, Perola Polillo and music from the Juilliard School.

At 8:30, the results of the competition will be unveiled at a press conference broadcast live. Last year’s press conference was watched by more than 11,000 viewers around the world including, presumably, olive oil producers themselves looking for their brands among the winning entries.

The evening continues with a celebration featuring olive oil cocktails and more culinary creations paired with the award-winning oils.

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition is the largest olive oil quality contest and its annual listing of award winners is widely considered the most trusted guide to the year’s best extra virgin olive oils.

Tickets to the event are available through the NYIOOC website.

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