2018 Final Results

Flavor of Georgia 2017 Grand Prize Winner


Grand Prize Winner:

Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter, Goodson Pecans, Leesburg

Finalists' Choice Award:

H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey Creamed Healthy, H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey, Statesboro

Category Winners and Finalists

Barbecue Sauces:

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


  • WINNER: Olympus Greek Mountain 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:

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


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

Dairy Products:

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

Honey and Related Products:

  • WINNER: H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey Creamed Healthy, 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:

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

Meat and Seafood:

  • WINNER: Applewood Smoked Bacon, Pine Street Market, Avondale Estates
  • Grassfed Beecon Grind, White Oak Pastures, Bluffton
  • The Georgia Pie, Pouch Pies, Athens
  • WINNER: Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter, Goodson Pecans, Leesburg
  • Laynee’s Walnut Butter, LWB, Cumming
  • Savory Pimento Cheese Cheesecake, Honey Catering, Millen

Sauces and Seasonings:

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

Snack Foods:

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


The 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest was held on March 20, 2018, at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta during the Governor's annual Agriculture Awareness Week.

This year marks the 12th annual Flavor of Georgia contest. Over the last decade, the contest has grown in scope and prestige, but it remains the state's premier testing ground for both small, upstart food companies and time-tested products.

The 33 finalists, who passed the first round of judging, were selected from a field of more than 125 products in 11 categories.