Our colleagues from the Center for the Study and Promotion of Olive Oil from Alentejo (CEPAAL) have proposed a novel alternative to the Virgin Olive Oil Competition at the National Olive Growing Fair, which this year could not be held because of COVID 19. In words from its Technical Director, Mariana Teles Branco, “we have never wanted to stop doing the Contest because we believe that it is important for the work that the olive grower and olive oil producer has had throughout the year to be valued and recognized – we do not want that the 2019/2020 period goes unnoticed, even more so when it was an exceptional year for production in Portugal.
In this way they have decided to carry out the Contest via Online, the tasters receive in their homes small samples of all the olive oils submitted to the Contest and taste them in the presence of the Technical Director. An online platform developed for this purpose allows the live evaluation of different oils by 11 expert tasters to whom the organizers of the event are very grateful.
The Contest began on June 3 and the tasters can classify the olive oils until day 5. The definitive results will be announced on June 12.
SUSTAINOLIVE congratulates this initiative that allows the enhancement of Portuguese olive growing.