Events at the UC Davis Olive Center

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UC Davis Olive Center Olio Nuovo Festival 2022

December 10th, 2022
12:00 – 1:05 PM

The UC Davis Olive Center in collaboration with the students in our "Olea Learn Apprenticeship Program", has created the 2022 limited edition Olio Nuovo from UC Davis Wolfskill Experimental Orchard.

Please contact Adele Amico Roxas to request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, for any food allergy and dietary restrictions

Past Events


2022 Master Milling class

Thursday, Friday & Saturday September 15-16-17, 2022
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Lunch will be provided. More information on the schedule to be announced.

Please contact Adele Amico Roxas to request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, for any food allergy and dietary restrictions

Olive Center Extra Virgin Olive Oil Release Celebration

Thursday August 25th, 2022
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Come join us for the official release of our extra virgin olive oil harvested from the experimental fields at the Uc Davis Wolfskill orchard. Your purchase helps support our mission to expand California’s crop of the future

Enjoy olive oil tasting demonstrations, food pairings and more surprises!

Please contact Adele Amico Roxas for any additional information.

Olive Curious Youth: Everything a Young Food Enthusiast Needs to Know about Olive Oil & Olives

Thursday & Friday August 11-12, 2022
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM.

For teens between 12 and 17 years old with an interest in the culinary arts and sensory properties of olives. Parents or caretakers are welcome to come with their kids and learn together (Registration needed also for parents or caretakers)

For more information:
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UC Davis Olive Center – ucdolivecenter@ucdavis.edu

2022 Growing Olives for Oil Production

Friday & Saturday July 15-16, 2022
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

The UC Davis Olive Center invites you to the next class in our 2022 olive education series. In this two-day event, you will learn about the agronomic aspects of olive farming for oil, on all production systems with a special emphasis on medium density fields. Lecture and theory will be followed by field demonstrations and industry visits to local orchards in the region.

For more information:
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Adele Amico Roxas – adamicoroxas@ucdavis.edu
UC Davis Olive Center – ucdolivecenter@ucdavis.edu

2022 Introduction to Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oil

Friday & Saturday June 24-25, 2022
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Introduction to Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oil from the UC Davis Olive Center is our first 2022 event with two days of olive oil sensory instruction including tasting, lectures, and roundtable discussions. This practical educational program is designed to provide a solid foundation for understanding and evaluating olive oil. In addition to learning about the positive sensory attributes and the defects of olive oil, you will start to explore the factors that influence olive oil flavor and how quality is measured. We will experiment with food and extra virgin olive oil pairings and discuss the culinary use of this transformative ingredient. At the end you will receive a certificate for the introductory level of our olive oil tasting series as part of our comprehensive olive educational programming.

For more information:
Event Details - Click here
Adele Amico Roxas – adamicoroxas@ucdavis.edu
UC Davis Olive Center – ucdolivecenter@ucdavis.edu

UC Davis Olive Center Olio Nuovo Festival

Saturday November 20, 2021 12:30 – 3:30 PM.
This event has multiple activities and locations. For complete details please proceed to the registration page.

The UC Davis Olive Center in collaboration with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the tribe’s Séka Hills line of agriculture products have created the 2021 limited edition Olio Nuovo from UC Davis Wolfskill Experimental Orchard and the plantings at the blue hills tribal land in the Capay Valley.

For this special release, the UC Davis Olive Center is preparing a variety of events opened to the public. Como join us in this celebration of the 2021 Fall Harvest.


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Orchard Management for Extra Virgin Olive Oil Production (in Spanish - en Español).

The class is offered thanks to the collaboration and sponsorship of Showa Farm

September 18th, 9:00am - 2:00pm

This half-day class will be led by Javier Fernandez Salvador, Executive Director, UC Davis Olive Center. Javier served as an Assistant Professor at the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service where he led a multi-disciplinary team in olive production research.

This is the first class of two Spanish language offerings for 2021. The class is directed to Spanish speaking orchard managers and farm workers.

Topics Include:

  • Crop Botanical Traits and Physiology
  • Cultivars, production cycles and growing stages
  • Soil and site requirements
  • Plant density and production systems
  • Crop management during establishment
  • Mature tree management
  • Irrigation
  • Fertility and plant nutrition

Join our new executive director for a virtual olive oil tasting.

Aug 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Javier Fernandez-Salvador is the new executive director of the UC Davis Olive Center. Previously an Assistant Professor at the agricultural extension service of Oregon State University, he has led the Olea project, a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to researching and determining the best practices for olive cultivation in Oregon.

Register now for a virtual ‘Sips and Bites’ event on August 25 to learn about his experience producing olives up north and other olive horticultural topics in an open discussion while enjoying our award winning oils.

We’ll be tasting a selection of UC Davis olive oils. Sales of these products are an integral component of the Olive Center's self-supporting efforts, to continue to provide olive research and education to students, industry deleted leaders and consumers. The center’s main goal is doing for olives what UC Davis has done for wine. The selection of oils will include:

  • Gunrock Extra Virgin Olive Oil (100 mL or 250 mL)
  • Wolfskill Extra Virgin Olive Oil (100 mL or 250 mL)

Oils can be purchased online at the UC Davis Bookstore or on campus and at the downtown UC Davis store location. Attendees are encouraged to purchase oils at their earliest convenience due to limited stock. Sign up soon for this upcoming event and get your oils while supplies last!