FRANKFORT – Approximately 50 food businesses in Kentucky are featured on Bon Appétit Appalachia!, a web guide showcasing the wide spectrum of Appalachia’s local food economy.
Recently released by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Bon Appétit Appalachia! includes over 830 locally owned farms, breweries, distilleries, restaurants and other food businesses throughout Appalachia.
Since the original map was first released in 2014, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has launched a culinary tourism website and continues to develop marketing materials and promotions to showcase Kentucky’s rich and diverse food scene.
Kentucky local food businesses located in the Appalachian region that are interested in being included in Bon Appétit Appalachia should contact Kimberly Clay, Director of Cultural Heritage Tourism.
“In recent years there has been a tremendous interest in food as part of the overall travel experience,” said Kristen Branscum, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism. “Television shows highlighting diverse cuisine including popular chef competitions have brought a tremendous focus on culinary tourism. Bon Appétit Appalachia is our opportunity to show people what we in Kentucky have known for a long time, that this is a great place to learn about food traditions, to meet some of the top chefs in today’s food industry, and to experience some of the best cuisine in the region.”
“Appalachia’s local food economy is growing as hundreds of local food entrepreneurs are hard at work,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl. “The farmers, chefs, brewers, bakers, and other food entrepreneurs featured in Bon Appétit Appalachia! are a snapshot of what is happening in the Region. We hope consumers, travelers, researchers and others will use Bon Appétit Appalachia! to taste, toast and discover Appalachia’s entrepreneurial spirit.”
As an-easy-to-carry supplement to the website, an abridged printed version of Bon Appétit Appalachia! is available from the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and in 13 Edible Community Magazines in and around Appalachia, including Edible Louisville. Edible Communities also produces a monthly podcast, “Backroad Journeys,” which profiles businesses on Bon Appétit Appalachia! including Snug Hollow Farm Bed & Breakfast located outside Irvine, Ky.
For more information on culinary tourism in Kentucky, visit www.kentuckytourism.com.