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Cape Town Hosts 2nd Sol d'Oro Southern Edition

Aug. 11, 2015
Luciana Squadrilli

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Cape Town is South Africa’s leg­isla­tive cap­i­tal, but from 7 to 11 September, the city will be an extra vir­gin olive oil cap­i­tal as it will host the sec­ond edi­tion of Sol d’Oro Southern Hemisphere inter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

While the Northern Hemisphere’s com­pe­ti­tion is tra­di­tion­ally hosted in Verona in February, the Southern Hemisphere’s is itin­er­ant and the dif­fer­ent edi­tions are held on a rotat­ing basis in olive oil pro­duc­ing coun­tries south of the Equator.

In 2014 — the first year in which Veronafiere decided to split the com­pe­ti­tion to let oils from each pro­duc­ing coun­try be val­ued at their best — Santiago, Chile hosted the com­pe­ti­tion.

Now it will Cape Town’s turn to receive the best extra vir­gin olive oils pro­duced in the Equatorial zone, where the sea­son is inverted com­pared to the Mediterranean area and the har­vest­ing time begins in Spring instead of Autumn. Besides South Africa and Chile, other Southern Hemisphere pro­duc­ers includes Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Australia and New Zealand. Last year there were 71 sam­ples par­tic­i­pat­ing in the con­test, accord­ing to the orga­niz­ers.

Veronafiere decided to keep the same panel leader and tech­ni­cal man­ager for its two com­pe­ti­tions, Marino Giorgetti.

After the mar­vel­lous first edi­tion of Sol d’Oro Southern Hemisphere in Santiago, Chile last year, this year the event trav­els to another con­ti­nent and sets foot on the coast of Cape Town, South Africa,” Giorgetti said. The event is held in high regard in view of its strin­gent selec­tion cri­te­ria.”

This year’s win­ners will join the huge Sol&Agrifood 2016 event in Verona, sched­uled on April 10 – 13, where vis­i­tors and inter­na­tional buy­ers will have the chance to taste them.
Last year, the event drew around 64,000 pro­fes­sion­als and traders, orga­niz­ers said, adding that 15,000 vis­i­tors hailed from more than 80 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

Information and reg­is­tra­tion details can be found at the Sol Agrifood web­site.

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