Judges have selected 33 products to compete in the final round of the University of Georgia’s 2017 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest in Atlanta on March 21.The contest is the state’s premier testing ground for both small, upstart food companies and time-tested products. This year’s finalists represent all corners of the state and the best of Georgia’s diverse culinary heritage.The 33 finalists, who have passed the first round of judging, were selected from a field of 117 products in 11 categories.Finalists will bring their products to the final round of judging in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Awareness Week celebration March 20-24. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black has designated March 21 Flavor of Georgia Day.“Georgia is home to some of the best and most creative minds in the food business, and each year the Flavor of Georgia contest helps to showcase that talent,” said Sharon P. Kane, contest coordinator and economist with the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. A food business development specialist, Kane and her center colleagues have organized the annual contest since 2007. “The legacy of excellence and camaraderie that our Flavor of Georgia finalists and winners have achieved continues to be remarkable,” she said. “It is a competition but it’s also a family. Over the years, contestants have built collaborations and networks that continue to support and enhance food entrepreneurship in Georgia from the coast to the mountains. It’s not just great food, it’s economic development.”Judges for the final round of the contest will include food brokers, grocery buyers and other food industry experts. Entries are evaluated based on the state theme, commercial appeal, taste, innovation and market potential in each category. Contestants will provide samples to judges and pitch their products in a “Shark Tank” style presentation. This year’s finalists are listed below by product name, company and city.Barbecue Sauces:Smokin’ Temptations Championship BBQ Sauce, Smokin’ Temptations Catering, MoultrieUncle Rhett’s Back Slappin’ BBQ Sauce, Uncle Rhett’s LLC, OcillaWicked Que Georgia Vinegar Sauce, Neptune Industries Inc., WatkinsvilleBeverages:Aroma Ridge Georgia Pecan Flavored Coffee, Aroma Ridge Inc., MariettaRuby Hibiscus Tea, Sabor Provisions, GainesvilleWorryfree Tea, Biron Herbal Teas, MaconCondiments and Salsas:Jake’s Reaper Pepper Relish, Jake’s Produce and Cannery, WhiteLauri Jo’s Georgia Peach Salsa, Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning, Norman ParkMidland Ghost White Pepper Sauce, 4Saucerers, ColumbusConfections:Chocolate Covered Fried Peanut Cluster, West Foods Inc., EdisonDouble Chocolate Candied Pecan Cake Pop, Kaylee Cake Pops and More, Stone MountainGotcha! Praline Cheesecake, Jessicakes Bakery LLC, Covington Dairy and Related Products: Home Grown Jalapeno Pimento Cheese, Home Grown, AtlantaRevolution Gelato Chocolate Fantasy, Revolution Gelato LLC, AtlantaThomasville Tomme, Sweet Grass Dairy, ThomasvilleHoney and Related Products H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey—Wildflower, H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey, StatesboroHoney Pecan Crunch, Hahira Honey House, StocktonPraline Pecan Honey Butter, Built by Bees Inc., AtlantaJams and Jellies:Lauri Jo’s Southern Pecan Jalapeno Pepper Jelly, Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning, Norman ParkSatsuma Orange Pepper Marmalade, Fairywood Thicket Farm, FairburnWisham Jellies Fire! Pepper Jelly, Wisham Jellies, TiftonMeats and Seafood:Carroll’s Vidalia Onion and Cheese Smoked Sausage, Carroll’s Sausage & Meats Inc., AshburnGeorgia Boy Smoked Sausage with Vidalia Onions, D.L. Lee & Sons Inc., AlmaMike’s Homemade 100% Boston Butt Hot Dogs, Mike’s Country Store, AlbanyMiscellaneous: Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter, Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters, ChambleeGrandma’s Gourmet Quick & Easy Cornbread, A’Zoe Enterprises LLC, MabletonSausage Cheese Balls, Back to the Basics 101, CochranSauces and Seasonings:Bootlikker Hot Sauce, Terebinth Tree Inc., LawrencevilleCampfire Salt, Beautiful Briny Sea, AtlantaUncle Rhett’s Jackpot 777 Wing Sauce, Uncle Rhett’s LLC, Ocilla Snack Foods:Front Porch Pecans Habanero BBQ, Front Porch Pecans, HawkinsvilleParmesan Cheese Straws, Kim’s Cheese Straws, StatesboroToasted Sriracha Pecans, Goodson Pecans LLC, LeesburgThe Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is organized by the UGA CAES Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, with support from Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, the Office of the Governor, Walton EMC, Gourmet Foods International, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council.More information about the contest is available at flavorofga.com and by following the contest on Twitter at at twitter.com/FlavorofGA or on Instagram at instagram.com/flavorofga.