The Wicked Virgin and Wangandary Olives paint the town red at the Australian Olive Awards dinner!
Friendly competitors Laurel Nowacki from the Wicked Virgin and Annie O’Shea from Wangandary Olives were still kicking up their heels three days after winning collectively 7 medals at the 2016 Northern Victorian Golden Olive Awards held at the Gateway in Wangaratta.
Laurel and John Nowacki won Gold for their little Paragon Olives and two Silvers and two Bronzes for their Extra Virgin Olive Oils, while Wangandary Olives, snared a gold, and a silver medal for their organically certified extra virgin olive oil. Wangandary Olives were the only certified EVOO entrant in this year’s Awards.
Helen Taylor, the Head Judge at this year’s Northern Victorian Olive Awards, was quite effusive about the quality and variety of oils being produced in the region. During the evening she said:
“The quality of the entries in this show were outstanding. I have never judged at a show with a 98 per cent success rate before. By this I mean that 98 per cent of the oils judged gained a medal. I am really excited for the olive oil industry in Australia when two thirds of the exhibits in a show reach the silver medal quality. This is a vast improvement from when I first started show judging. Well done to all of the producers and medal winners involved”.
During the evening Helen also commented that the seven Gold medal-winning oils were all exceptional this year. “The variety, depth and complexity of flavours were all fantastic. All the oils were well balanced and tended to have a warm pungency rather than a big peppery finish,” she explained to the audience.