The Irish Times Magazine - - FOOD -

If you want to know your ar­be­quina from your picual, you can spend a full day learn­ing about olive oil from an ex­pert in the field at an olive oil mas­ter­class at the Fum­bally Sta­bles in Dublin next month.

It is be­ing or­gan­ised olive oil som­me­lier Karen Cryan ( be­low), and will be con­ducted by Si­mon Field, an in­dus­try ex­pert and or­gan­iser of Sa­vantes, a world­wide body that pro­motes olive oil ed­u­ca­tion.

On the first day there will be ses­sions on taste and flavour, iden­ti­fy­ing com­mon de­fects, tast­ing of va­ri­etals from around the world, and health at­tributes of olive oil.

Hav­ing given the nose and palate a rest, par­tic­i­pants will re­turn the next morn­ing to un­der­take the two- hour Sa­vantes tast­ing test. Those who pass will be el­i­gi­ble to be­come as­so­ciate mem­bers of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. It’s a tough test – when Cryan took it she was one of four out of 11 to reach the re­quired stan­dard – and suc­cess brings with it recog­ni­tion as an olive oil som­me­lier.

The mas­ter­class, in­clud­ing lunch on the first day, costs ¤ 150 and will run 10am- 5pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 29th, and 10am to noon on Satur­day, Septem­ber 30th. Places can be booked by email ( cryankaren@ ya­hoo. com) or on 087- 6564807.

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