Savantes New York 2013
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes - New York, USA
August 21 - 23, 2013
Following Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes tasting programmes held in New York in 2012 and February 2013, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes returns to New York bringing extra virgin olive oils judged to be the best in the world for tasting from August 21 - 23, 2013.
Founded in 2001, Savantes is an independent organisation which promotes excellence in the evaluation of extra virgin olive oils and their culinary use. The three-day programme highlights the unique tastes of olive oils from all regions around the world. Sessions also discuss the current market conditions and health benefits of extra virgin olive oil.
The presentations are designed to give guidance to relatively inexperienced tasters and provide experienced tasters with a full range of style and flavours.
In 12 years Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes has held over 25 olive oil tasting programmes in many countries – Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. During this time the three-day programme has evolved into one of the world’s leading independent forums for the commercially important attributes of extra virgin olive oil. Participants number in the hundreds and provide a strong professional network which includes producers, distributors, retailers, chefs, food media and consumers.
The olive oils tasted at Savantes are specially selected for their excellent quality and are submitted by producers by invitation only.
Participants in the programme are able to:
- Taste the wide range of styles and flavour of extra virgin olive oils from many regions around the world
- Taste international award winners from the northern and southern hemispheres
- Evaluate their own new season extra virgin olive oil by comparison
- Discuss market trends in producing and importing countries
- Explore the culinary and health selling points of extra virgin olive oil
- Make friends and expand networks worldwide
- Practice blending skill
- Achieve recognition of personal tasting ability and knowledge by becoming an Associate Savante or Member of the Register of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes
Register of International Savantes
During the session ‘Testing Your Skills as a Taster’ on day 3, participants can opt to be evaluated for Associate Savante status and Membership of the Register of International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes.
The taste tests assess tasting skill and knowledge of the range of styles and flavour of extra virgin olive oils from around the world.
To achieve Associate Savante status a score of 60% is required, a score of 80% gives the participant full Savante status and Membership of the Savantes Register.
Certificate of Attendance
All participants in the Savantes programme receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conclusion of the last session.
While retaining the guidance given to relatively inexperienced tasters, we have recognised that more experienced tasters are participating to experience the range of oils uniquely brought together. So we have shifted the emphasis from formal presentations to moderated discussion of relevant data provided and greater participation in taste and flavour description.
The 2013 New York Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes programme will be lead by Simon Field. For more information about Simon, as well as previous Savantes presenters, visit the Savantes Presenters page.