SUNSET MAGAZINE SELECTS WALLA WALLA AS ONE OF FOUR FINALISTS FOR THE WEST’S BEST FOOD TOWN AS PART OF INAUGURAL TRAVEL AWARDS
(WALLA WALLA, Wash.)—Walla Walla has been named one of four finalists in the Best Food Town category of Sunset Magazine’s first-ever Travel Awards, adding to a growing list of accolades the capital of Washington wine country has received for its culinary prowess in recent years.
Singled out for its many culinary amenities – from the iconic Walla Walla Sweet Onion to acclaimed restaurants and distinguished chefs, as well as its abundance of local farms and ranches – Walla Walla joins three other cities nominated for the award from 13 western States, British Columbia and Alberta.
The Best Food Town award, according to Sunset, “honors a western city or town for offering a consummate culinary experience, with a collection of restaurants, markets and other food offerings that make it a destination for foodies of all ages.”
“Part of what makes Walla Walla an outstanding place to visit is the quality and diversity of our culinary scene,” said Ron Peck, executive director of Tourism Walla Walla. “While the roots of our culinary traditions began more than 100 years ago with the Walla Walla Sweet Onion – the official vegetable of Washington state – we have transformed into a destination in which restaurants, chefs, community events, wineries, and education have combined to create a thriving food culture.”
The winning Food Town, determined by a 12-member advisory board, will be announced in May and featured in the June 2015 issue of Sunset.
Walla Walla’s food scene has been gaining national recognition in recent years. In both 2012 and 2013, Walla Walla was named a finalist in the Best Small Town For Food category by Rand McNally’s “Best of the Road” competition. In 2012, Walla Walla was also named one of the country’s top eight Best Small Towns For Food by culinary website TheDailyMeal.com.
The Best Food Town award is one of 33 categories in the Sunset Travel Awards program, which also spotlights cultural attractions, lodging, spas/wellness and guided trips.
About Walla Walla:
The capital of Washington wine country, Walla Walla is home to more than 120 wineries, a nationally recognized culinary scene, access to an abundance of outdoor recreation, and an arts & entertainment scene that rivals cities many times its size. This community of just over 30,000 residents is known for many things, including its friendliness and hospitality, the quality of its wine, and of course the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. An easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland, or Boise, Walla Walla can also be accessed via daily non-stop flights from Seattle. For more information and to begin planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit www.wallawalla.org.