2018 Finalists

Barbecue Sauces:

  • Jamaica Me Sweat Soppin’ Sauce, Two Fat Chile Cats, Savannah
  • Original BBQ Sauce, The GrillMan BBQ Company, Cumming
  • Sorta White BBQ Sauce, Lane’s BBQ, Bethlehem


  • Blueberry Citrus Tea, Olympus Greek Mountain Teas, Lawrenceville
  • Ginger’s Bunkhouse Spicy Ginger Ale, Bunkhouse Beverages, Athens
  • Magnolia Green Tea, Biron Herbal Teas, Macon

Condiments and Salsas:

  • Georgia Gourmet Tomato Ketchup, The Sauce Company Inc., Lilburn
  • Sourwood (Honey) Balsamic Vinegar, Built By Bees, Atlanta
  • Vidalia Onion & Balsamic Vinegar Jam, A&A Alta Cucina Italia, Johns Creek


  • Brown Butter Crunch Gelato, Honeysuckle Gelato, Atlanta
  • Georgia Pecan Bar, Bread and Butter Bakery, Covington
  • Pecan Sandie, Watanut, Augusta

 Dairy Products:

  • BlackRock Cheese, CalyRoad Creamery, Sandy Springs
  • Feta Cheese, Bootleg Farm, Springfield
  • New World Chocolate Milk, Rock House Creamery, Newborn

Honey and Related Products:

  • Creamed Honey, H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey, Statesboro
  • Gourmet Vanilla Infused Honey Pot, Built By Bees, Atlanta
  • Southern Sriracha Spicy Honey, Bear Hug Honey Company, Athens

Jams and Jellies:

  • Datil Peach Marmalade, Emily G’s, Dunwoody
  • Hibiscus Jelly, Pride Road, Smyrna
  • Wild Elderberry Pepper Jelly, Fairywood Thicket Farm, Fairburn

Meats and Seafood:

  • Applewood Smoked Bacon, Pine Street Market, Avondale Estates
  • Grassfed Beecon Grind, White Oak Pastures, Bluffton
  • The Georgia Pie, Pouch Pies, Athens


  • Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter, Goodson Pecans, Leesburg
  • Laynee’s Walnut Butter, LWB, Cumming
  • Savory Pimento Cheese Cheesecake, Honey Catering, Millen

Sauces and Seasonings:

  • BBQ Rub, Joe Kem’s BBQ, Moultrie
  • Cajeta, Bootleg Farm, Springfield
  • Lane’s Qnami Rub, Lane’s BBQ, Bethlehem

Snack Foods

  • Georgia Fried Peanuts, Georgia Fried Peanut Company, Edison
  • Signature Champagne Pecans, Pearson Farm, Fort Valley
  • Sugar and Spice Cashews, High Cotton Company, Sandy Springs

Finalist and Winner Prizes

All finalists receive a one-year, silver-level Georgia Grown membership from the Georgia Department of Agriculture and a customized Flavor of Georgia logo for their label and promotional materials, along with the opportunity to pitch their product to grocery buyers and food industry professionals who judge the final round of the contest.

Category and grand prize winners will receive trophies. The grand prize winner will also be awarded an exhibit space for up to two registrants at the Georgia Food Industry Convention - a more than $1,500 value - and three consultation sessions from the UGA Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center (FOOD PIC) on product or process design, ingredient functionality, sensory testing and/or shelf-life determination, a $1,500 value.

Winners were announced March 20, 2018 following the final round of judging. View the winners.