Irini Kokolaki and her classmates in an olive mill or museum in Jaen, Spain

Last September, Irini Kokolaki studied Spanish at the University of Jaen for five hours a day. She learned a new language so she could attend a three-month course for certification as an “expert in virgin olive oil tasting,” the world’s only expert level university course focused on sensory analysis that is supported by the International Olive Council.

Chefs and speakers at the Mediterranean Food Experience at the Food Expo, Athens, 2016

If you have a conference, exposition, meeting, class, or seminar to announce that meets the following criteria, please let me know:

  • takes place in or includes English
  • addresses an international audience 
  • features extra virgin olive oil and/or the Mediterranean diet
the Pellas Nature stand at the Food Expo in 2017, with Ioanna Diamanti and many small and medium sized bottles of infused olive oil

The annual Food Expo in Athens gathers hundreds of superb Greek extra virgin olive oils (and many other products) under one roof. It is a convenient place for food and beverage businesspeople to taste products and meet with company representatives. It also offers an opportunity to catch up on stories and news from olive oil companies from all over Greece.

building in Spain, trees, blue sky

In the shadow of a Medieval monastery outside of Barcelona (Món Sant Benet, Catalonia, Spain), a world class team of olive oil experts will convene March 19–23, 2018 to teach an olive oil evaluation course, Tools for the Trade: Tasting, Testing and Understanding Olive Oil.

Eleftheria Germanaki speaking at the seminar

At a recent seminar in Rethymno, Crete, olive oil tasting panel supervisor and international judge Eleftheria Germanaki discussed Greek successes in olive oil competitions. Agronomist and scientific consultant Ioannis Metzidakis emphasized the importance of accurate knowledge. And award winning Cretan olive oil producers considered their accomplishments.

Terra Creta olive oil table at the Gourmet Exhibition, with visitors trying samples of olive oil

The 2nd Gourmet Olive and Delicacies Exhibition in Thessaloniki, Greece on May 5, 6 and 7 confirmed for the second consecutive year that Gourmet is an exclusive exhibition. Over three hundred fine foods and natural personal care products from seventy two artisan Greek producers were showcased in a three-day festive Gourmet exhibition.

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