Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and hometown boys Jamie and Bobby Dean present Savannah Bee Company with the Grand Prize at the Flavor of Georgia Food Products Contest at the Atlanta Freight Depot. Savannah Bee’s Grill Honey w/No-Drip Pump was a favorite of the 18 lucky judges who tasted and assessed entries in seven categories Monday afternoon.
Winners were announced at the National Agriculture Week Kick-off program to an audience of hundreds of 4-H’ers and other invited guests Tuesday about 1pm. Fort Valley’s Lane’s Southern Orchards’ Fresh Peach Bread won the Confections category. Villa Rica’s CalyRoad Creamery’s Clouds of CalyRoad Camembert took first in Dairy Products. Darien’s Olive Affairs Gourmet Olive Tapenade celebrated its win in Jams, Jellies & Sauces. You Struck Gold from Goodness Gracious! Granola in Lawrenceville won Snack Foods. Blue Marlin American Shrimp from Savannah was best in Meat Products; and, Organic Vidalia Onion Tomato Basil Dressing from Lyons’ Vidalia Valley aced the Other Products category.
UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and the Department of Food Science and Technology join Governor Sonny Perdue’s Agricultural Advisory Commission and the Georgia Agribusiness Council sponsored the 2010 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest.
Creative entrepreneurs from across the Georgia entered over 75 products. 25 Finalists were chosen to participate in judging by a panel of food industry experts. The Contest traditionally helps entrepreneurs expand their businesses by exposing their products to processors, brokers, retailers and others who can offer advice, networking, and, occasionally, contracts.