2018 Final Results

David and Melody Goodson, co-owners of Goodson Pecans of Leesburg, took the grand prize at the University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Contest with their Goodson Pecans Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter.

“Flavor of Georgia is an exciting, one-of-a-kind contest for our state’s food artisans. It brings tremendous recognition to producers of quality craft food made with delicious Georgia-grown ingredients. We have been so grateful for the opportunities our win has opened up for the growth of our small business and the support we have had from great people across our state and region.”

– David Goodson, 2018 Grand Prize and Miscellaneous Winner, Goodson Pecans

Finalists’ Choice Award

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

Category Winners

Barbecue Sauces: Lane’s BBQ Sorta White BBQ Sauce, Lane’s BBQ, Bethlehem

Beverages: Olympus Greek Mountain Blueberry Citrus Tea, Olympus Greek Mountain Teas, Lawrenceville

Condiments and Salsas: Sourwood Balsamic Vinegar, Built by Bees, Atlanta

Confections: Brown Butter Crunch Gelato, Honeysuckle Gelato, Atlanta

Dairy Products: New World Chocolate Milk, Rock House Creamery, Newborn

Honey and Related Products: H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey Creamed Healthy, H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey, Statesboro

Jams and Jellies: Wild Elderberry Pepper Jelly, Fairywood Thicket Farm, Fairburn

Meats and Seafood: Applewood Smoked Bacon, Pine Street Market, Avondale Estates

Miscellaneous: Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter, Goodson Pecans, Leesburg

Sauces and Seasonings: Cajeta, Bootleg Farm, LLC, Springfield

Snack Foods: Sugar and Spice Cashews, High Cotton Company, Sandy Springs

Thanks to Flavor of Georgia and our publicist who put us in the local news, we are now in four (new) retail spots, and we are in about nine restaurants and bars. We could not have done ANY of this without Flavor of Georgia. We are now in Madison, Ga., and soon to be in Bishop, Ga.

– Emily Tatum, 2018 Beverages Finalist, Bunkhouse Beverages (Athens)

Flavor of Georgia 2018

Judges selected 33 products to compete in the final round of the University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. Narrowed from a field of 125 products, the finalists competed on March 20, 2018 at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta during the Governor’s annual Agriculture Awareness Week.