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Flavor of Georgia finalists to attend public tasting at Buford Highway Farmers Market, April 25-27 By Merritt Melancon

Georgians who didn’t get a chance to visit the Flavor of Georgia 2014 this March have another chance to sample some of the best new food products in Georgia.

The Buford Highway Farmers Market hosts its fifth annual UGA Flavor of Georgia showcase from noon to 5 p.m. April 25-27.

The market’s Flavor of Georgia Showcase helps highlight its commitment to stocking locally produced goods and introduces its customers to new products, said Bill Schroeder of the Buford Highway Farmers Market.

The showcase will include several winners and finalists from this year’s Flavor of Georgia competition and from past competitions as well. Winners set to be at the showcase include JudiCakes, Weeks Honey Farm, King Louie Special Blend Seasonings, Dirt Road Barbecue Sauce, Causey’s Barbecue Sauce, Byne Blueberry Farms, the European Wine Table, Alta Cucina, Loose Sugar bakery and Honeysuckle Gelato.

“Some of these are companies that have expanded and grown, and we like to think we had some part in helping them along,” Schroeder said. “Their attendance is also a way new Flavor of Georgia entrepreneurs can interact with folks who have been through what they are now experiencing and exchange ideas and solutions to problems.

Over the years the showcase has become a reunion of sorts for Flavor of Georgia contestants.

The annual Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest, conducted by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is held each year in March and provides a chance for food businesses to highlight new or innovative products.

For more information about this weekend’s showcase, visit the Buford Highway Farmers Market website at www.aofwc.com and click on the "Cooking Classes and Demos” link. For more on Flavor of Georgia and to view a directory of entries, visit "); }); 0