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3rd Olive Oil and Olive Festival
Start Date: 10/04/2009 End Date: 12/04/2009

3rd Olive oil and Olive Festival

10, 11 & 12 April 2009

Peace and Friendship Stadium

Piraeus, Greece








Olive oil and olive exhibition


The largest exhibition in Greece on Olive oil and Olives is organized for the third time at the Peace and Friendship Stadium 10, 11 & 12 April 2009.

The 3rd Festival is supported by all bodies of the sector and the Hellenic scientific community.

It is a central meeting place for people in the olive business in our country.

The exhibition will be visited by ambassadors and trade attendants from around the world, suppliers of super market chains, hotel and shipping businesses as well as restaurants and eating establishments. Consumers will also flock to the exhibition for a first hand look at the excellent quality Greek olive products.






The 3rd Olive oil and Olive Festival aims at:


*                    The mobilization and participation of all bodies involved in the stages of production, processing and sale of our two basic national products


*                    The identification of operational problems of the olive oil mills (two and three phase) and olive seed mills and proposed solutions  


*                    The reference to systems and processing techniques of olives aiming at the improvement of quality and environmental protection



*                    The extensive discussion on organic olive oil, olive paste as well the significance of these two products



*                    The identification of all parameters and factors associated with the further improvement of the quality of Greek olive oil produced


*                    The presentation of modern quality control techniques and the avoidance of olive oil adulteration


*                    The presentation of problems pertaining to the trade, packaging and sale of olive oil and edible olives and particularly the issues of contemporary marketing 


*                    The presentation of the latest scientific data relative to the particular role of olive oil as a functional food



*                    The presentation of the nutritional and economic significance of quality traditional products (Olive oil – Table olives


*                    The information of interested parties on the Programs pertaining to funding of the European Union in the olive cultivation sector, but also the respective obligations of the interested parties





Including exhibitors in the following categories:


·         Olive processing machinery companies

·         Olive oil processing and packaging machinery companies

·         Table olive processing and packaging machinery companies

·         Farming equipment and components supply companies

·         Olive products packaging and labelling companies

·         Area sanitation and disinfection companies

·         Certification and quality control companies

·         Automation and traceability companies

·         Companies and cooperatives mainly operating in olive and olive oil production

·         Olive oil production, processing and packaging companies

·         Organic olive oil and organic table olives companies

·         Edible olives packaging and trading companies

·         Plant nursery companies

·         Prefecture Local Governments

·         Public organizations, Chambers, District bodies

·         Municipalities whose primary production is olive oil and traditional products

·         Municipality and Community Local Associations

·         Oil producers

·         General exhibitors operating in the olive and olive oil industry

·         Olive oil and olive festivals from all over Greece





Conference for olive oil processors and olive oil marketing



·         The management of olive oil focusing on exports. With participants from the USA, Russia, China, Germany, Ukraine, England, France, Rumania, Bulgaria, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Baltic states and Greece

·         Community support and new investments

·         Greek olive oil processing plants in the modern market. Problems – prospects. Examples from countries of the Mediterranean

·         Olive oil processing plants wasterWaste management examples at an international level



Round Table I

“Olive oil quality, packaging and trade”

With participation of representatives from olive and olive oil companies, super markets, export companies and chambers


Round Table II

Representatives from 16 Mediterranean countries shall join and discuss issues of the industry.

Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, France, Morocco, Tunisia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Algeria, Libya, Israel, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon






·         Original tastes from Mediterranean countries and every corner of Greece will be presented as well as recipes based on olives and olive oil


·         Cocktails based on olives and olive oil


·         Olive oil tastes – wine aroma. Creation of different tastes


·         Taste tests with Greek olive oils


·         Taste tests with table olives





2009 Table Olives Contest


Under the auspices  of PEMETE


In the scope of the 3rd Olive and Olive oil Festival, organized by the European Regional Development Network (EDPA), 10 - 12 April 2009 at the Peace & Friendship Stadium, the 1st 2009 Table Olives Contest will take place


This is an innovative event, of high standards, aiming at:

The presentation of the richness and quality of Greek table olives to the consumer and commercial public

Presentation, advertising and promotion of the different categories of Greek table olives

Awarding of the best olive per category


This one of a kind contest of international standards is being organized for the first time in Europe, by the competent department of EDPA, with the goal of its establishment every two years. The taste tests of the samples participating in the contest will be performed by the judging committee, which is comprised of world famous chefs and taste testers. During the taste tests each olive sample will have its own special code, with its packaging hidden, so as to guarantee the unprejudiced decision of the judging committee.

The olives that will be awarded may display the medal they have won on their packaging. The awarding of the medals shall take place on Saturday 4/11/09 at 20:00 during a special ceremony at the 3rd Olive and Olive oil Festival.


We are confident that the 2009 Table Olives Contest, with the publicity and distinctions entailed, pertains to all businesses and industries of the country that make products in a particularly competitive international environment of quality and taste.  


We therefore invite you to participate with the codes you believe will bring your product such distinctions.

The token price of participation of each of your code in the contest is 100 € plus VAT 19%.

For each entry aside from the respective amount, you must also send us the completed participation form attached.

For further information or clarification please do not hesitate to contact us.


We wish you good luck and hope for a Greek winner in the table olives contest!





Kostas Mitsis                                                                              Kimi Zazi                             

Agriculturist, Executive Consultant EDPA                                        Director of PEMETE






Manousos Manousakis, Film Director, Chairman of the Organizing Committee



Stavros Markatos, Deputy Prefect, Primary Production, Piraeus Prefecture

Kostas Mitsis, Agriculturist, Executive Consultant EDPA

Irene Psachoulia, Economist, Exhibition Director

Evaggelos Valiotis, Mayor Oinountos Lakonia

Efstathios Anastasopoulos, Deputy Prefect Messinia

Sarantos Kapetanakis, Deputy Mayor Oinountos Lakonia

Nelos Georgoudis, Chairman PEMETE

Stathis Panagou, Lecturer Agronomics University of Athens

Efstathios Papachristopoulos, Chemical Engineer

Nikos Trikalitis, Economist

Nikos Kokkas, Mechanical Engineer

Efi Chyderiotou, Agriculturist EDPA, Planning Director






Chairman: Apostolos Kyritsakis,

Professor Olive oil – Fatty materials, Μ.Sc., Ph.D.

Director, Nutritional Foods Technology School

A-TEI Thessalonica



Grigoris Panonidis, Agriculturist

Vasilis Zabounis, Agricultural Economist

Efi Christopoulou, Chemist, Ministry of Development

Maria Lazaraki, Chemist, Ministry of Development

Aris Xenakis, Research Director, Institute of Biological Research and Biotechnology, National Research Foundation

Spyros Ramantanis, Professor, Vice-President, EFET

Kostas Chartzoulakis, Research Dr., Director Foundation of Olive and subtropical Plants in Chania

Panagiotis Kalaitzis, Studies and Research Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Genetics & Biotechnology, Mediterranean Agrarian Institute of Chania

Maria Tsimidou, Assoc. Professor Food Chemistry, Chemistry Department, Food Chemistry and Technology Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessalonica

Katerina Dimitropoulou, Chemist

Maria Kanari, Agriculturist-Food Technologist





Nia Koborozou, Journalist

Giorgos Koukouliatas, Journalist

Nikolaos Lytras, Journalist

Katerina Drosou, Journalist














1ST Olive oil and Olive Festival

“Athinais” Event Hall

17, 18, 19 March 2006


The Olive oil and Olive Festival is the first large event undertaken by the European Regional Development Network.

Olives and Olive oil are perhaps the most significant products of Hellenic Earth with a large participation in the revenue of Greek cultivators.

The great value of this product, but also the lack of an eventmeeting place, worthy of our national product, led us in March 2006 to organize the first large exhibition on the olive and olive oil in our country named “Olive & Olive oil Festival”.


The 1st Olive oil & Olive Festival was organized at the Athinais” Event Hall by the European Regional Development Network, the European Organization for Strategic Planning, the Pan-Hellenic Association of Table Olives Processors Packagers & Exporters (PEMETE) and the Municipality of Athens – 3rd Municipal District during 17 – 19 March 2006.


The first and largest industry event ever the Olive & Olive oil Exhibition, the 1st Olive oil Conference and the many other events that were presented on a Prefecture level and the fruits of the Greek olive cultivators with the excellent quality Greek olive oils was crowned with great success.

Many companies were present from all olive oil producing prefectures of our country with their excellent quality and nutritional value products. Furthermore, the uses of these products was presented through a multitude of delicacies and traditional products based on the olive and olive oil.  

Aside from the production companies, participating in the exhibition were many olive oil processing and packaging companies, which presented to the thousands of olive oil processors and olive oil producers that visited the 1st Olive & Olive oil Festival state of the art equipment and all the new technologies used in the industry.


There were more than 10,000 visitors attending the Festival. Aside from the many consumers, a large number of olive oil processing companies was present from all olive oil producing prefectures of our country, Directors or Supplies Managers of super markets and food stores, patisseries, restaurants and other eating establishments.  


There were also a large number of trade attendants and Ambassadors who visited the Festival from countries such as: China, Canada, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Russia, Malta, Cyprus, Finland and Slovenia, and trade agreements were made with participating exhibitors.

Finally it was an excellent opportunity for representatives of Local Governments, Chambers and private companies involved in the olive and olive oil industry to meet and exchange views.


Awarded with the Gold Medal was the Olive and Olive oil Festival of the Municipality of Asklipios from the Prefecture of Argolida.







2nd Olive oil and Olive Festival

Peace and Friendship Stadium

9, 10, 11 May 2008


The first entirely successful event at “Athinais” event hall in 2006 mandated the institution of the Olive oil and Olive Festival on an annual basis. Our ever increasing interest led us to move it to a larger venue and specifically at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

The 2nd Festival took place on 9, 10 and 11 May 2008. It was co-organized together will all bodies of the sector and more specifically: Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food, Ministry of Environment Land Planning and Public Works, Prefecture of Piraeus, European Organization for Strategic Planning, Agronomics University of Athens, National Olive and Olive oil Professional Organization, Association of Greek Olive oil packaging Industries, Pan-Hellenic Association of Table olives Processors Packagers & Exporters, Greek Association of Olive oil Packaging Manufacturers, Municipality of Athens 3rd M.D. and the Alexandrian TEI of Thessalonica.


There were over 180 participants in the Festival (among these Prefecture Local Governments, Chambers, Local Municipal and Community Associations, olive and olive oil packaging and trade companies, machinery companies, publishing firms and daily print and magazines from the agricultural sector).  

Over 15,000 visitors, professionals and consumers, ambassadors, trade attendants and trade visitors had the opportunity to have a first hand experience with the richness and quality of Greek olive oil and olive products.

  Presented to the public at the largest and most important Exhibition on the olive and olive oil ever to take place in Greece were olives and olive oils from all around the country, olive products (paste, sweets, soaps etc.), olive oil processing machinery, packaging materials and quality services (ISO, HACCP etc.).

  Presented throughout the duration of the three days of the exhibition, in a specially laid out area were recipes based on olive oil and its products from all olive oil producing prefectures of the country.

  At the Scientific Conference on the Olive and Olive oil that took place in the scope of the Festival, members of the Greek scientific community together with all those involved in the production, processing, manufacture and trade, had the opportunity to present opinions, proposals and experiences aiming at solving important problems in the industry. Particularly for this reason the conference was flooded by hundreds of olive oil producers, packagers and processors from all around the country.

The 1st Greek Extra Virgin Olive oil Contest conducted at the Festival was an important innovation of the event with many participants from all over Greece and many awards that demonstrated that Greek olive oils are of extremely high quality.



Photographs from the 2nd Festival






































































































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