Enzo Olive Oil’s Fresno Chili blend was awarded best in show in the Big Fresno Fair’s annual olive oil competition.
Written by David Castellon
Winners of The Big Fresno Fair’s 4th Annual San Joaquin Valley Olive Oil Competition have been announced, and two Valley olive oil makers won big.
Enzo Olive Oil’s Fresno Chili Crush shared the top spot with Olivaia’s Olivaia’s OLA Olive Oil, which made its first submission to the competition this year.
Enzo Olive Oil Co. is based in Clovis, with its olive-growing operation and mill in Madera County.
The company also earned three gold medals and two silver for its entries, while Oliviaia’s, out of the Lindsay area — normally known for growing table olives for eating — also earned a gold medal for its only entry, which also is the only type of olive oil it produces for sale.
“Gold medal and best of show winners will have the opportunity to have a booth in the Wells Fargo Agriculture Building on one day during a weekend at the 2018 Big Fresno Fair or have a booth at the Fair’s new Fall Wine Festival during the 2018 Big Fresno Fair on Saturday, Oct. 13,” states the press release announcing the winners.
“At either location, they will have the opportunity to display and sell their award-winning products. Additionally, educational information will be set up so that Fairgoers can learn more about the art of making olive oil, its health benefits, recipes and more.”
A total of 66 entries were submitted for this year’s competition from 22 different olive oil producers from across California.
Here are olive oil makers from the South Valley that earned medals:
Extra Virgin Olive Oils:
Gold Medal Winners
Enzo Olive Oil’s Delicate, Clovis
Enzo Olive Oil’s Bold, Clovis
Olivaia’s Olivaia’s OLA Olive Oil, Lindsay
Silver Medal Winners:
Enzo Olive Oil’s Medium, Clovis
Rosenthal Olive Ranch’s Arbosana, Madera
Flavored Olive Oils:
Gold Medal Winner
Enzo Olive Oil’s Fresno Chili, Clovis
Silver Medal Winner
Enzo Olive Oil’s Garlic Infused, Clovis