This was the 11th Hunter Valley Olive Show. The total number of entries at 72 was down on last year but still satisfactory for a regional show. Extra virgin olive oil entries at 43 were up and at their highest for some time. Table olive entries were down to their lowest level for some time perhaps due to the extra burden of testing required by the AOA for table olives.
Judging was conducted by an experienced group of judges, most of whom are Hunter Valley residents. We must continue to develop local judges to support this valuable and necessary role in the olive industry. Thank you to these judges for providing your time and expertise.
Thank you to all the exhibitors who put entries in the Show both previous exhibitors and new ones. It is interesting to receive entries from a major food chain this year which must reflect their interest in the quality of their products by seeking an independent assessment through the Show route.
I would like to thank all the sponsors who supported the Show and the local olive industry with their supplies and services.
Special thanks go to our major sponsor: The Hunter Bottling Company, and to our senior sponsor: The Olive Centre.
Finally a big thank you to all the helpers who put in their time on the judging day and in particular the Show Convener, Alan Smith, who does all the background organising and the heavy lifting these days.