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Where to eat the best food in Georgia next week for free

The University of Georgia’s 10th Annual Flavor of Georgia contest offers a chance to savor the best of the state on your plate - for free. Food artisans and entrepreneurs from across Georgia will compete in Atlanta at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot, bringing their finest cheeses, sausages, snacks and sweets to Atlanta to compete for the honor of being the best food product in the state.

The free public tasting will be held 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m Tuesday, March 15. The winners will be announced shortly after the tasting ends at 12:30 p.m.

If you plan on going:

When: 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m Tuesday, March 15

Where: UGA’s Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest, The Georgia Railroad Freight Depot at 65 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, S.E.

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Free and open to the public. No registration required.

For more information go to http://flavorofga.com/

About a third of the finalists hail from metro Atlanta. Representatives of Banner Butter, The Beautiful Briny Sea, Heaven’s Finest Lemonade and others will showcase their products at the final round of Flavor of Georgia judging at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta March 14-15 along side 32 other products.

Over the last decade, the contest has grown in scope and prestige but is considered a premier testing ground for both small, upstart food companies and more established products sold at major retailers includes Whole Foods and Earth Fare.

The finalists, who have passed the first round of judging, were selected from a field of more than 135 products in 11 categories.

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“Each year it becomes more difficult to select finalists because each year the field of products submitted to the Flavor of Georgia contest is better, more diverse and more innovative than the year before,” said Sharon P. Kane, contest coordinator and an economist with the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in a press release.

Judges for the final round of the contest will include food brokers, grocery buyers, chefs and other food industry experts. They will judge each entry based on commercial appeal, Georgia theme, taste, innovation and market potential in each category.

To see a full list of finalists, go to http://flavorofga.com/index.html

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