Visit Granbury was honored with the Texas Travel Award for Best Food City, Small Market for the Foodie Trail on Wednesday, Sept. 1.
Granbury's “Eat Where the Locals Eat” Foodie Trail is a promotion in which residents voted on their favorite meals served by restaurants in Hood County via social media. Twelve restaurants were selected as Foodie Trail winners.
For those who visit all 12 restaurants by December 2021 — by either checking in on the “I Love Granbury” app or having a card punched at each location — participants can earn a Foodie Trail T-shirt and be entered into a drawing for a $200 gift certificate when they return their card.
Tammy Dooley, director of Visit Granbury said about 1,000 cards have been distributed out, but only 30 people have completely finished the Foodie Trail.
“You do not have to eat the item that won,” Dooley clarified. “A lot of people think that if the nachos at Brock’s won, they have to get nachos, but they don’t. They can get anything.”
The Texas Travel Award “recognizes and celebrates top travel destinations and attractions across the Lone Star State,” according to texastravelawards.com.
The new awards program is said to “highlight the top destinations and attractions” in Texas, in an effort to draw more visitors to the state.
Dooley said she is hoping to start a Foodie Trail Friday pop-up event at the Visitors Center, in which employees from a winning restaurant can come in on a Friday afternoon and give samples of their winning dish.
“We hope to start it pretty soon. I would expect to see it around November,” she said.
The Foodie Trail winners will also be recognized during Travel Week in May.
“This is so exciting for us at Visit Granbury because culinary tourism is a major visitor draw,” Dooley added. “It is quite a badge of honor to be a restaurant (that) was voted a Foodie Trail winner by the local community and visitors are excited to begin their culinary journey in Granbury.”
For more information on the Granbury Foodie Trail, visit its website — visitgranbury.com/foodie-trail/.