Athens has become a hotbed of local entrepreneurs turning out wonderful food products; a fact that is apparent in local restaurant menus and is now recognized in the Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest with four local finalists.


The Flavor of Georgia contest showcases delicious, original market-ready prototypes or commercially available food products. Each is judged on flavor, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities, commercial appeal, potential market volume and use of locally sourced products.


Spike and John Terrapin

 Congratulations Spike and John!

Four local Athens-area food businesses are among the finalists in the 2014 contest:


  • Dirt Road Barbecue Sauce: Signature Dirt Road Sauce
  • Fire and Flavor: Garlic and Herb Chicken Brine
  • Terrapin Beer Company:  Wake-n-Bake Oatmeal Stout
  • Nature's Harmony Farm: Georgia Gold Clothbound Cheddar Cheese



The contest is sponsored  by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in partnership with the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Office of Governor Nathan Deal, Walton EMC, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Agribusiness Council and the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology.

Final judging takes place in Atlanta March 17-18