Sofi Award Winners

Sofi Award Winners

YIPEE that WE at the Olive Connection have in our store a few of the products that won the Sofi Awards from the Fancy Food Show in New York this week.  Since 1972, the Sofi Awards have helped the Specialty Food Association advance culinary excellence and creativity worldwide by recognizing the outstanding work of its artisans. It is an honor to win and also an honor to be a finalist…want to share the good news.The Winners you will see at our store are:

Jan's Cranberrry Pistacio Crackers from Vermont

Jan’s Cranberrry Pistacio Crackers

Big Farm Caramels from Vermont

Big Picture Farm Caramels from Vermont

Organic Austrian Pumpkin Seed oil and roasted seeds

Organic Austrian Pumpkin Seed oil and roasted seeds

Iberico Chorizo from Spain

Iberico Chorizo from Spain

Honorees are chosen by a national panel of culinary experts in a blind tasting.  Those that merge as Sofi Winners and Finalists serve as ambassadors for the industry and represent the best the industry has to offer.  The Honorees that you will see in our store are:


Sugar Bob’s Smoked Maple Syrup


Seka Hills California Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Vermont Creamery Bonne Bouche goat cheese


Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil from California


Artisanal Ketchup-Black Truffle

Morry and I also attended a 3 day Olive Oil Education class and tasted so many oils our taste buds were fried.  We trained our brains and palates to recognize subtle tastes and flavors.  How to recognize the taste of stone fruits, tomato, artichoke, bean, bitterness, pepper and heat.  How to categorize the oil as delicate, moderate, and bold and to recognize rancidity. The test at the end was difficult to say the least.  We were quiet and serious. We both earned our completion certificates.

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Hot this week: we received new products  that spice up our assortment.


Mike’s Hot Honey to drizzle on pizza and ribs

Watch for new arrivals coming soon:


New flavors of these delicious cookies


The best olive oil in the world in a gift box


We tasted these chocolates in Sicily and found the source.

As always, we’re proud to know so many high-quality, award-winning producers and to carry their delicious products in our store. We’re always on the hunt for future award-winners and to stock your favorites, so be sure to let us know what you love!  We aim to please you, our customers!