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Tiger Apple Preserves a finalist in the 'Flavor of Georgia' contest

By Staff
ATHENS - Hillside Orchard Farms in Rabun County has been invited to compete in the final round of the 2013 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest next month in Atlanta.

Tiger's Hillside Orchard Farms Apple Ginger Preserves is one of three jams and jellies selected as finalists in the contest.

The contest is a chance for food businesses to highlight their new products and gather feedback from a panel of food industry professionals.

Finalists will be bring their products to the final round of judging March 11-12 as part of Governor's Annual Agriculture Awareness Week, at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot.

This year 25 finalists were selected from a field of more than 100 products that were submitted the contest's eight categories.

"Food entrepreneurs from every corner of the state submitted delicious and innovative Georgia products this year," said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. "From the onion fields in south Georgia to in-town Atlanta, we received products that show off the best that the state has offer."

Kane, a food business development specialist, and her colleagues at the Center for Agribusiness and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, have organized the annual contest since 2007.

Judges for this year's final round of the Flavor of Georgia contest include food brokers, buyers, chefs and other food industry experts. They judge each entry on flavor, use of Georgia ingredients, Georgia theme, innovation, commercial appeal and originality in each category.

For more information Hillside Orchard Farms email patsy@hillsideorchard.com.

Other finalists in the jams and jellies categories include Webbington's Peach Habanero Jam by Webbington's in Stockbridge and MiDi Spiced Blueberry Peach Jam by MiDi Blueberry Farm in Byron.

Finalists in the contest's other seven categories and more information about the contest can be found here www.flavorofgeorgia.caes.uga.edu.
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