Foodie Families: Where To Go in Appalachia

New website helps families discover local food, farms and flavor on an interactive Appalachian food map.
Appalachian Regional Commission
A tomato tasting table--YUM!

You might not be surprised by research that says 77% of leisure travelers can be classified as culinary travelers.*

Are your kids on the culinary bandwagon? Or do they think meat grows in a freezer cabinet? (I'm not kidding about that last point; ask your kids where hamburger comes from, their answer may surprise you.) 

Bon Appetit! Bon Appalachia!

As I told Good Day Charlotte in the video below, there's a new website that makes finding authentic Appalachian food, beverages, and festivals quick and easy. Simply hit this link and search for six categories in the 13-state region: 

  • Farms
  • Farmers Markets
  • Restaurants
  • Festivals
  • Wineries
  • Breweries/Spirits. 

The Bon Appetit! Bon Appalachia! campaign is a project of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), an economic development agency whose mission is to be a strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia. 

The online map includes the 283 sites found on the paper map AND an additional 350+ sites, which can be found at

*According to The Mandala Research firm, publisher of the 2013 “American Culinary Traveler Report"