ATLANTA – Food lovers will now have an easier way to locate delicious culinary-related destinations in Georgia’s Appalachian region, thanks to a new guide launched today in the state.
Bon Appétit Appalachia!, a “mapguide” showcasing 24 locations in Georgia, was introduced at Jaemor Farms in Alto today during a program featuring Molly Theobold, Director of Program Operations for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Also in attendance were Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Gary Black, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, and Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner for Tourism. The announcement was followed by a luncheon featuring a sampling of locally grown and produced foods from the 37 Georgia counties in the Appalachia region.
“Our hope is that the map will provide a taste of the Appalachian region’s diversity and abundance of local food destinations, encouraging new visitation and raising the profile of the entire region,” said Theobold.
The mapguide features 283 sites throughout the 13-state Appalachia region, including local farms, farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, and other culinary destinations. The map is available as a detailed interactive feature at www.visitappalachia.com, which offers an expanded list of more than 650 Appalachian food destinations, including 78 in Georgia. These sites were selected during the spring of 2013 through an online nomination process and the mapguide was first available as an insert in the summer 2014 issue of Food Traveler Magazine.
“Culinary attractions are a top driver for tourism, and this map is a great way to make it easy for our guests to find and experience North Georgia’s food and agritourism offerings,” said Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner for Tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
“It will introduce a whole new audience to the region, not only for its unique dining, but also for its history, culture and scenic beauty that will continue to attract visitors to North Georgia.”
“It’s our honor to work with the Appalachian region in Georgia to actively promote our economy, heritage, history and environment. In addition to initiatives like Bon Appétit Appalachia!, the Georgia ARC program provides funding of more than $3.5 million in the region annually to assist with projects such as infrastructure, workforce development, small business development and tourism,” said Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which administers ARC programs in Georgia. Corbin is the official representative for Gov. Nathan Deal, a member of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The Georgia destinations listed in the printed Bon Appétit Appalachia! mapguide are as follows. The complete list can be found at http://visitappalachia.com/.
- 61 Main (Jasper-Pickens County)
- Bernie’s Restaurant at Nacoochee Valley Guest House (Sautee Nacoochee-White County)
- Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center (Blairsville-Union County)
- Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative and Rick Tanner’s Grille & Bar (Cumming-Forsyth County)
- Crane Creek Vineyards (Young Harris-Towns County)
- Dahlonega Wine Trail (Lumpkin County)
- Dallas Farmers Market (Dallas-Paulding County)
- Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery (Dawsonville-Dawson County)
- Garlic Festival (Cleveland-White County)
- Georgia Apple Festival (Ellijay-Gilmer County)
- Grapes & Beans Café (Clayton-Rabun County)
- Green Bean Festival (Blairsville-Union County)
- Habersham Winery (Helen-White County)
- Jaemor Farmer Market (Alto-Hall County)
- Mountain Fresh Creamery (Clermont-Hall County)
- Mountain Valley Farm and Farm Store (Ellijay-Gilmer County)
- North Georgia Farm Trail (Gilmer, Fannin, Union & Towns Counties)
- Paradise Hills Vineyard & Farm Winery (Blairsville-Union County)
- Serenberry Vineyards (Morganton-Fannin County)
- Shields Ethridge Heritage Farm (Jefferson-Jackson County)
- Simply Homegrown: A Farmers’ Market (Dillard-Rabun County)
- Union County Farmers Market (Blairsville-Union County)
- Unicoi Wine Festival (Helen-White County)
- Unicoi Wine Trail (White County)
Thirty-seven Georgia counties are members of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the President. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. ARC funds projects that address the four goals identified in the Commission's strategic plan: increase job opportunities and per capita income in Appalachia; strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy; develop and improve Appalachia's infrastructure to make the region economically competitive; and build the Appalachian Development Highway System. Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region in areas such as business development, education and job training, infrastructure, telecommunications, community development, housing, and transportation.
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, GDCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism. GDCA also helps qualified low- and moderate- income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.