Open Cooking Contest

The Paso Robles Olive Festival Cooking Contest will take place at 9:30 am before the festival opens at 10 am. The contest is free, open to the public and ANYONE can enter a dish or dishes as long as it contains Olive oil or olive.

There are four categories to enter: Olive Tapenade, Olive Appetizer, Olive Main Dish, and Olive Dessert. To enter, entry forms must be completed and brought to the City Park Gazebo along with the dish and recipe between 9-9:30 am on the morning of the Festival Saturday, May 5th.

The Paso Robles Police Department will judge the entries and beautiful gift baskets are given to the first, second and third place winners of each category.

Following the Recipe Contest the Festival will begin with the blessing of the olives by a Padre of the Santa Barbra Mission and then the head-to-head Chef cook off during which last year’s winner will fight to defend his title.

Any questions call the Paso Robles Main Street Association at (805) 238- 4103.

No entry fee. Share your favorite dish and win an award!


2017 Winners:


  • 1st Place: Adolfa Rivera (Tamales with Olives)
  • Main Dish

  • 1st Place: Pat Swindel (Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower/Olive Casserole)