While the international press buzzes over the forecast of a global olive oil shortfall, there is no shortage of olive oils vying to be declared the world’s best at next month’s first annual New York International Olive Oil Competition.

With 5 weeks to go, organizers are busy making final preparations for the groundbreaking event, which is being billed as the world’s most important olive oil contest.

NYIOOC, APRIL 16-18, 2013

As many as 600 extra virgin olive oils from every region will be judged by an international panel of expert tasters flown in for the occasion. When they complete their three days of blind assessments, scores will be tallied and the best olive oils in the world will be announced during a press conference on April 18th, followed by an awards dinner at The International Culinary Center.

Winning oils will be available at all Fairway Markets.

A highlight of the event will be a three-day educational program at the International Culinary Theater featuring a roster of well-known speakers, including author, actress and filmmaker Carol Drinkwater, chef Cesare Casella, Fairway Market cheesemonger Steven Jenkins, and the founder of The International Culinary Center, Dorothy Hamilton.

After the seminars, attendees will be treated to a four-course dinner at The International Culinary Center’s l’Ecole restaurant, prepared to highlight the qualities of a curated list of fine extra virgin olive oils from around the world.

Restaurants throughout the city will also be taking part during the event by offering special dishes, pairing olive oils hand-picked by their chefs from the hundreds of competition entries.

Event organizer and the publisher of Olive Oil Times, Curtis Cord, said the time was right to develop the competition in New York. “Olive oil is tremendously important for its health benefits, its ability to elevate the foods we enjoy, and for its vast cultural value throughout the world,” Cord said. “It was necessary to form a comprehensive and impartial annual event to recognize the dedicated producers of the most worthy extra virgin olive oils on Earth. There was nowhere else an event like this could happen, and the response has been amazing.”

For more information, visit the New York International Olive Oil Competition website.

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