The 2018 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition is nearing 1,000 registered entries and will close registration the moment that number is reached, organizers said, likely within the next few days.
The sixth edition of the world’s largest olive oil competition will announce its results April 26 in New York.
Despite another challenging season and production shortfalls in some regions, producers around the world are rushing to compete in the annual event, far surpassing even last year’s record-breaking 910 entries from 27 countries.
But NYIOOC organizers said they will need to stop when the 1,000th entry is registered which will be, at the current rate, in just a matter of days.
“While we’d like to allow all producers who strive to make high-quality olive oil to participate, limiting the entries this year is necessary to manage the event in accordance with our protocols,” said Curtis Cord, the founder of the NYIOOC and publisher of Olive Oil Times.
Held each April, the NYIOOC is the world’s most prestigious olive oil quality contest, and its annual listing of award winners is widely considered the most trusted guide to the year’s best olive oils.
The winners will be unveiled at a press conference broadcast live on April 26 following a tasting event attended by hundreds of producers, food industry professionals and international media representatives.