Part of program to promote Appalachian region
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 22, 2014) — Forty-eight food destinations in Eastern Kentucky are included in a new map guide developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to promote culinary tourism throughout the region.
The Bon Appetit Appalachia tourism map guide showcases 283 of the Appalachian region’s most distinctive food destinations.
Sites featured include local farms, farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, food festivals and other culinary destinations.
The mapguide’s launch builds on ARC’s efforts to promote Appalachia’s local-food economy as the region continues to grapple with declines in mining, forestry and other important industries. Supporting its growing food-systems sector is one of the important steps the region has taken to diversify its economic base.
“This is a great opportunity for us to highlight the culinary heritage and food traditions found in Kentucky and Appalachia and to bring attention to the growing phenomenon of culinary interest in tourism,” said Mike Mangeot, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism. “The farm-to-table movement, which emphasizes the use of fresh, locally grown and sourced foods, has spurred interest in farmers markets, farm tours, food-focused festivals and events and fostered a growing number of farm-to-fork restaurants in the region.”
The summer 2014 issue of Food Traveler magazine is available on newsstands through September 30.