Fresh Squeezed Oil, olive oil that is

caltecholive.jpg If you appreciate fresh food have I got an event for you. Cal Tech in good old Pasadena has more than a few ingenious students. A couple had the bright idea to squeeze some ripe olives and see what happened. It was good. Next thing you know they have the administrations attention and it turns into the Cal Tech Olive Festival Harvest . Full history of the event HERE.

Mark Friday November 2 on your calendars and find a reason to be at Cal Tech and enjoy the festivities starting at 8AM. More details after the jump.

Personally, I can’t wait to go. Since it’s the first ever I can’t tell you how much fun it is. It looks good and worth the try. The better half has Fridays off and we get to have guaranteed date days to explore what’s going on in the area. I totally enjoy getting to taste fresh produce when it’s fresh off the tree. I understand olives like grapes are affected by soil, climate and air. My question on how urban olives fare compared to the free range variety up the coast will soon be answered.

The Festival Events are on their web HERE . Short version:
8AM to 3 PM harvesting on campus begins.
11:30 AM to 5 PM the processing at the Ricketts-Fleming Courtyard starts.
11:30 AM to 5 PM the tasting of olives in various forms takes place on the Winnet Lawn.
There will also be cooking demonstrations there as well.
5PM – 7PM is the dinner at the Atheneum also on campus.

The address: 1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena CA

2 Replies to “Fresh Squeezed Oil, olive oil that is”

  1. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you frazgo for posting this. I compleatly forgot this was coming up. Just made it in time for some of the tastings and oil pressing demonstraitions. But what I’m really glad I made was the dinner!

    Oh my: a three course meal with every dish featuring olive oil, including olive oil cake and sorbet, all prepared by the excellent chefs at the Athaeneum. And tasty beer and wine. All FREE!!!

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