Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Announces Premiere Date for “Appalachian Food Evangelist”

Episode to air 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 on West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia (October 28, 2016) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia today announced the air date for the first episode of “Appalachian Food Evangelist,” a four-episode seasonal series featuring West Virginia Chef Dale Hawkins. The episode will air at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 29 on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. This project is the culmination of a partnership between Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, using an FDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.

“We’re excited to share Chef Dale Hawkins’ experience in West Virginia’s capital city,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “The Appalachian Food Evangelist series highlights many of the authentic farm-to-table destinations and the booming agritourism industry in the Mountain State. From fresh local produce to unique specialty items, Wild, Wonderful West Virginia has all you need for the perfect culinary adventure.”

“Great food from fresh ingredients. With Chef Dale Hawkins this is exactly what you get,” West Virginia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick said. “Our farmers produce a great variety of high-quality products and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture is proud to partner in the Appalachian Food Evangelist series and see some of these highlighted in delicious homegrown dishes.”

“Appalachian Food Evangelist”  follows Hawkins as he explores and presents foods and recipes, using specialty crops from local farms and businesses in West Virginia. The first episode features Charleston’s Capitol Market, J.Q. Dickinson Salt, Pies and Pints and more. Forthcoming episodes will feature locations throughout the Mountain State. Air dates for upcoming episodes will be announced at a later date. Statewide channel listings can be found at  http://wvpublic.org/find-wvpb-television.

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