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The entry deadline for this year’s New Zealand Gourmet Oil Competition is fast approaching. Entries for the competition, which celebrates the success, quality and variety of New Zealand’s gourmet oils, close 5pm Wednesday 28 October 2009.

The competition, now in its sixth year, is held in conjunction with the Royal New Zealand Show. It is open to New Zealand produced Olive Oil including classes for Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Delicate, Medium and Intense plus classes for Infused Oil, Walnut Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Avocado Oil and Macadamia Oil.

Oils will be judged by a panel of independent food industry experts including Senior CPIT Tutor of Professional Cookery Bill Bryce, Sam Marchant and Jamie Bennett of Christchurch Farmers Market plus leading chefs and industry identities Chris Fortune, Jonny Schwass and Michal Haines.

The aim of the New Zealand Gourmet Oil Competition is to promote to the New Zealand public the quality and variety of oils produced and commercially available in New Zealand.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 4 November 2009; winning oils will be on display at the Royal New Zealand Show, Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 November, in the Food & Wine NZ Pavilion.

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