Professional Food Competition

Professional Food Competition

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair strives to create a premier showcase event celebrating Sonoma County’s agricultural diversity. We focus on the locally produced distinctive artisan foods, microbrews/ciders and premium wines that distinguish Sonoma County as a world-class destination for an amazing farm-to-table dining experience. The tasting experience is an all-inclusive tasting for the fair patron each day. Guests will experience the same level of superb food and wine each day. The Tasting Pavilion will showcase all the foods from our professional competition along with the fine wines; and microbrews and ciders will further enhance their experience. More info...

2019 Olive Oil Competition

We are pleased to announce the following information regarding the 2019 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Olive Oil Competition. Please see the enclosed information and note the following deadlines:

  • JUDGING DATE: Wednesday, June 20 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds
  • FORMS & FEE DEADLINE: On or before June 3. Please include bottle with entry form.
  • QUANTITY: 1 bottle or container per entry

Note: If you have not yet bottled the oils to be submitted for judging, please contact Anne Vercelli to make necessary delivery arrangements.

You can mail in your entry form or deliver it to the Entry Office located inside the Administration Building at the Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd. Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Vercelli at 953-0332.

Olive Oil Details
Olive Oil Entry Form

2018 Results

Introducing our 2018 Professional Food Judges


Ginny Bauer, Chef, Healdsburg
Deirdre Francis, Chef, Simoncini Winery, Healdsburg
Steve Garner, Culinary Consultant, KSRO “The Good Food Hour” Santa Rosa
Jim May, Chef, Santa Rosa
Patti Robarts, Chef/Owner, Catered by Patti and Friends, Cloverdale
Madeline Stewart, Chef, Kelley & Young Inn, Cloverdale


Steve Hartz, Culinary Consultant, Santa Rosa
Ron Misasi, Bakery Consultant, Santa Rosa
John Vrattos,”Yannis Sausage Grill of Pengrove”, Petaluma


Tracy Mattson, Owner, “Cookie…Take a Bite”, Santa Rosa
Guillaume Perruchet, Pastry Chef, Galaxy Desserts, Richmond
Christy Polley, Pastry Chef, Sebastopol


Tim Bodell, Executive Chef, Rustic, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville
Cass Nall, Chef, Big Johns Market, Healdsburg
Wade Nobles, Manager, Spoonbar, Healdsburg
Christine Piccin, Chef, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa
Carl Shelton, Executive Chef, J Winery, Healdsburg
Kolin Vazzoler, Executive Chef, Simi Winery, Healdsburg


Sheana Davis, Cheesemaker, Sonoma
Doralice Handel, Cheese Consultant, Healdsburg
Emily O’Conor, Gourmet Cheese Manager, Oliver’s Market, Windsor


Chris Finch, Olam Specialty Coffee, Sebastopol
Jon Frech, Black Oak Coffee, Ukiah
Jay Kistner, Dolce Neve, Petaluma


Nicolas Abrams, Culinary Director, Rustic Bakery, Novato
Anthony Bonviso, Owner/Pastry Chef, Gotta Havit Desserts, San Rafael
Jean-Yves Charon, Owner/Pastry Chef, Galaxy Desserts, Richmond
Reg Elgin, Pastry Chef, Santa Rosa
Bruce Johnstone, Pastry Chef, Insalata Restaurant, San Anselmo
Kiki LeSeed, Private Chef, Glen Ellen
Regina Rolland, Owner/Chocolatier, Chocolate Boutique, Kenwood


Louis Gonzales, Oakland
Nancy Lilly, Sonoma
Julie Menge, Sacramento

2017 Results

2016 Results

2015 Results

2014 Results


                 "We have entered the Harvest Fair Professional Food Competition for several years now and are fortunate enough to display our Gold Medals and Best of Category Award s proudly in our restaurant."
Olarn Tonverapongsiri, Thai Time Asian Bistro


"The Harvest Fair has promoted the bounty of Sonoma County for decades. We are honored to participate in this annual event that recognizes the outstanding wines and specialty foods from our region, since our initial entry earning the only gold medal and Sweepstakes award for our classic sour deli roll in 1981."
Wlliam K. Seppi, CEO Costeaux French Bakery


                   "I entered the Harvest Fair Professional Food Competition for the first time in 2014 and medaled with every one of my entries, even earning a double gold for my Lemon Cheesecake. It gave me the confidence I needed to take the next step and open my own restaurant!"
Emily Nagan, Emily's Kitchen


"Entering the Professional Food Competition is a win-win for Oliver's Markets. We are proud supporters of Sonoma County Harvest Fair, and our culinary and baking teams enjoy the recognition from the judges. We hear great feedback from our customers, too." - Tom Scott, CEO, Oliver's Markets