Tourism Alabama Tourism Department has announced that 2013 will be the Year of Alabama Food. This is a great program for Athens and Limestone County because we have so many delicious foods that our residents and visitors get to enjoy when they eat at our local Mom and Pop restaurants as well as chain restaurants. We have over 150 restaurants in Limestone County. You can find eggs to lobster and of course we have all the southern favorites like fried chicken, catfish and hushpuppies, BBQ and much more. Food TourismI’d like to encourage all restaurants to participate with us in our local Year of Limestone County Food by submitting your favorite dish to us. Please send a picture and a description of the dish to info@VisitAthensAL.com. We will promote your business and your dish on our website and social media. If there is enough participation, we may develop a “100 favorite dishes” list from restaurants in Limestone County. This is free publicity for all participating restaurants. Food TourismDuring the summer we had a Limestone County Restaurant Week and several of the local restaurants participated. We will promote our local restaurants again this August. Any restaurant that wishes to participate should contact us at the Athens Visitors Center by telephone, fax or email. We look forward to hearing from all of you very soon. New tear off maps are being prepared in January. We ask that all restaurants contact us so that we can make sure that each eating establishment in Limestone County is listed. Tear off maps are free and are giving to tourists, participants at trade shows, participating restaurants for their customers and mailed in information packages to potential visitors. They are great marketing tool for all restaurants. Happy New Year everyone! We look forward to an outstanding tourism year! For more information about events and attractions in Athens and Limestone County or to add an event to our calendar, call 256-232-5411/256-867-1438 or visit www.VisitAthensAL.com. Pick up brochures, maps or information on dining, lodging, shopping, events and attractions at the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 Beaty Street North, Athens, AL. By: Jeanette Dunnavant Jones, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association

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