Bon Appetit Appalachia
On Tuesday, July 15, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chairman Earl F. Gohl in announcing the nationwide premier of the Bon Appétit Appalachia culinary map-guide. The announcement capped events at Capitol Market in Charleston designed to recognize and promote food growers and producers unique to Appalachia. The guide recently debuted as an insert in the summer issue of Food Traveler magazine. Bon Appétit Appalachia features 283 locations, including 21 from West Virginia, showcasing some of the most distinctive food destinations across the 13-state Appalachian region.
Tourism creates business and is an important and growing segment of the state's economic structure, she added. In the 2012 calendar year, travel spending by visitors in West Virginia was nearly $5.1 billion - equivalent to approximately $13.9 million per day. According to Mandala Research, nearly 80 percent of all leisure travelers list dining and other culinary activities as a top priority.
In addition to the map insert in Food Traveler magazine, the food guide also is available as an interactive feature online at www.visitappalachia.com, where additional information specific to each location is available.