ConventionSouth Announces 2013 Winners Of The South’s Best Foodie Cities For Groups

BATON ROUGE, La.—The readers of ConventionSouth magazine and fans of destinations across the South have voted and the results are in for the “South’s Best Foodie Cities for Groups.” Based on the top choices of nearly 5,000 voters, the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth have named the following cities to their 2013 list of “South’s Best Foodie Cities for Groups:”

Baton Rouge, Louisiana -Top Selection For Gulf States Region

Jackson, Mississippi – Runner Up Selection For Gulf States Region

Memphis, Tennessee – Top Selection for Mid-Atlantic Region

Alexandria, Virginia – Runner Up Selection for Mid-Atlantic Region

Charleston, South Carolina – Top Selection for Georgia/South Carolina Region

Savannah, Georgia – Runner Up Selection for Georgia/South Carolina Region

Austin, Texas – Top Selection For Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas Region

Dallas, Texas – Runner Up Selection For Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas Region

“Each of the eight cities on the 2013 list of ‘South’s Best Foodie Cities for Groups’ represent the best of the best when it comes to offering traveling groups a wide selection of unique, intriguing and delicious cuisine,” said ConventionSouth Associate Publisher and Editor Marlane Bundock. “Whether groups are coming to town for a business meeting, a trade show, a wedding or other event, their attendees are sure to be delighted by the food offered at these cities.” Voters chose the best foodie cities from a selection of 30 cities located across 14 states in the U.S. South. ConventionSouth editors hand selected the 30 cities for readers and fans to vote on based on the city’s reputation for having great food, great restaurants and great chefs.

“Meeting and event planners often tell us that the food served can make or break an event,” Bundock said. “No matter the objective of an event—whether it be to educate, to sell, to reward or to celebrate—the food and beverage served makes a long-lasting impression on attendees and shapes their overall opinions about the gathering. For these reasons, it makes sense for our readers, meeting planners, to be aware of the Southern destinations that offer excellent food to tantalize the taste buds of their attendees.”

Baton Rouge acquired about 1,800 votes overall, which was about 700 more than second-place Jackson, Mississippi. Baton Rouge will be featured in the May issue of ConventionSouth, along with the other winners.