Forty-eight food destinations in Eastern Kentucky are included in a new mapguide developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission to promote culinary tourism throughout the region.
The ARC just announced the launch of the Bon Appetit Appalachia tourism mapguide showcasing 283 of the Appalachian region’s most distinctive food destinations. The mapguide is available as an insert in the summer 2014 issue of Food Traveler magazine and at www.visitappalachia.com.
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, according to a press release from the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism.
“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 Commissioner Mike Mangeot. “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 that contains the mapguide is available on newsstands through Sept. 30. ARC’s promotion of Bon Appetit Appalachia will continue for 12 to 18 months.
For more information on culinary tourism in Kentucky, click here.