Local businesses highlighted in national campaign

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Three Etowah County culinary destinations are being featured in the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Bon Appétit, Appalachia!, a magazine insert that highlights locally owned farms, breweries, distilleries, restaurants and other food destinations in the Appalachia.

Etowah County’s own Back Forty Beer Company, Maraella Winery and Wills Creek Vineyards are featured with 800 other Appalacha attractions including 130 additional destinations located in Alabama. All three Etowah destinations make their own beverages.

Backroad Journeys, a podcast profiling the featured locations, was also produced. It is available at http://edibleradio.com/category/backroad-journeys.

The national campaign is a “marketing effort by the Appalachian Regional Commission designed to boost tourism and to stimulate economic development in the 13 states comprising the Appalachian region.”

“It is a growing trend for today’s travelers to plan their vacation destinations around eateries they want to visit,” said Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association President/CEO Tami Reist. “With our unique blend of local flavor from award winning barbeque and restaurants featuring locally grown produce to craft microbreweries and wineries and vineyards, the north Alabama region is garnering national attention as a foodie destination. The Bon Appétit, Appalachia! promotion will help drive more visitors to the region and provide a boost to local businesses, farms, attractions and events.”

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