Cape Town To Host Sol D’Oro Competition

Sol d'Oro cape town

From the 7 to 11 September Sol d’Oro travels to Cape Town to reward the best extra virgin olive oils from the southern hemisphere. Sol d’Oro is the most important international olive oil competition in the world, organized by Veronafiere and traditionally held in Verona Italy. In 2014 Veronafiere organized the first edition of Sol d’Oro Southern Hemisphere dedicated to extra virgin olive oils produced in countries south of the Equator. This year Cape Town, South Africa will have the honor of hosting the Sothern edition of this world renowned competition.

Cape Town is South Africa’s legislative capital, but from 7 to 11 September, the city will be an extra virgin olive oil capital as it will host the second edition of Sol d’Oro Southern Hemisphere international competition.

Unlike Sol d’Oro Northern Hemisphere, which always takes place in Verona in February, the Southern Hemisphere competition is a travelling event that took place last year in Chile. The main extra-virgin olive oil producer-countries in the “opposite” season compared to the Mediterranean area where the olive harvest campaign begins in Spring rather than Autumn not only include South Africa and Chile but also Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Australia and New Zealand.

The competition aims to promote the world’s best extra virgin olive oils and encourage improvements in production and quality. Entries are open for the two categories in the competition: organic olive oil and extra virgin, the latter divided into delicate fruity, medium fruity, intense fruity categories. The uniformity and value in terms of strict assessment that has always characterised the competition will be assured, since Veronafiere has appointed the same Panel Chief for both events, Marino Giorgetti.

sol d'oro cape town

This year’s winners will join the huge Sol&Agrifood 2016 event in Verona, scheduled for the 10th to the 13th of April, where visitors and international buyers will have the chance to taste the winning oils. Last year, the event drew around 64,000 professionals and traders, organizers said, adding that 15,000 visitors hailed from more than 80 different countries.

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