The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division (GDEcD) have partnered together once again to create the second annual Georgia Restaurant Week. This seven-day culinary event is aimed at increasing awareness about Georgia’s culinary scene and highlighting the state’s unique and varied dining options.
Georgia Restaurant Week will take place July 18—24 at participating restaurants throughout Georgia. During this week-long event, consumers, both local and from out of state, can explore the numerous dining options throughout the state for lunch and dinner for a set price and experience the local Georgia products that are available in Georgia’s restaurants. This event is sponsored by Flavors Magazine and Split and is done in partnership with OpenTable. Georgia Restaurant Week will display Georgia’s restaurants to patrons and attract new visitors through culinary tourism.
"We are very excited to bring back Georgia Restaurant Week for a second year and continue our partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development," says Karen Bremer, CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association. "Georgia has over 17,000 foodservice establishments, and we want to continue showcasing our restaurants to locals and visitors. Our goal is to create awareness about our industry and the Georgia Restaurant Association, but we also just want visitors to have fun and experience the different styles and menu choices we have available in our state.”
“Georgia’s cities, towns and back roads are filled with authentic restaurants that feature our locally grown products from every region of the state, and Georgia Restaurant Week is the chance for hundreds of participating restaurants to showcase their culinary achievements,” says Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner of tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “From fine dining to casual eats, restaurants across the state are serving up their best menu items, special promotions and discounts. I encourage our locals and visitors to sample Georgia’s newest restaurants, visit some old favorites and taste the exceptional dishes being created by our world-class chefs.”
Leading up to the event, patrons will be able to view menu options, price details and make reservations online. Additionally, guests and participating restaurants can stay engaged and share their experiences via social media using the hashtag #GARestaurantWeek and tagging Georgia Restaurant Week’s various social media channels.