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Oliveti’s Competition and Winter Indoor Field day 2013

by Kay McKelvie

This year the Oliveti Olive Oil Competition is being held on Saturday 17th August 2013 at “The Olive Place” Wellsford, owned by Ross and Margie Legh.


The judges for 2013 are Laurence Eyres, Adva Webber, Raylee Campbell and Mark Bond.  A short description of their involvement in the world of olives will be attached to the entry form.


Oil for the competition to be sent in by 10th August so please ring that date on your calendar, 2 x 250mls bottles required for each variety entered.  Please no Marmite jars etc. Details on where oil is to be sent will be on the entry form.



Field day Sunday 18th August


On Sunday morning Adva Webber will be doing an olive oil blending course for us at The Olive Place.


Adva was born in Israel and has been around olives all her life.  She has travelled widely settling in Marlborough in 1998 with her New Zealand husband and two boys. For the past eight years she has lived overseas. She and her family have recently moved back to New Zealand and are now living in Warkworth.


Since 2001 Adva has developed her skills in the analysis and appreciation of olive oil attending a number of tasting courses in the Savantes tasting programme and has pursued accreditation with one of the best tasters in the world, Judy Ridgeway.



Blending workshop - Sunday, August 18 2013.


Limited number of participants - up to 12 people

All participants must have attended a tasting course previously.


Duration - Minimum 2 hours – start time 10.00am

Fee - $60 per person

At the workshop I will supply:

Tasting cups

Measuring equipment

Blending containers

Assessment sheets

Participants are encouraged to bring their olive oil for blending at the workshop.


For that I will need the olive oil (minimum 2L) of each variety you want to blend, delivered to me at least two weeks in advance. Oils to be sent to Adva Webber, 15 View Road, Warkworth.


Book early to secure a seat as the seats are limited. Also it opens up the option for growers to have their oils assessed and blended.


Following the blending course there will be a break for lunch. People attending blending course to supply own lunch please.


Programme starts for all comers at 1.30pm


Ross Legh will talk to us about the report he commissioned from Auckland University.  The brief was to look at Olive groves and produce a report on how groves were run and what, if anything, could be done better. This was carried out by students doing their Masters Degree in Business Studies.



Awards Ceremony


About 2pm one of the judges will talk about the oil entered and certificates will be awarded.


It’s then time to reward ourselves for all our hard work with drinks nibbles and congratulations.


We need to know numbers by 12th August for catering purposes, please email Verity at verity.baines@gmail.com or phone  09 431 7572 if  you would like to attend the blending course, the Awards afternoon or both. 


Look  forward to hearing from you All.


Kay McKelvie

021 959 203


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