Methodology

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We recognize it’s overly simplistic to assign one food item as representative of an entire state, and we’ve done our best to identify those that have an origin, an official designation, and/or a significant level of production in a given state. And because Taste of America happens alongside the annual Congressional Baseball Game, we narrowed the focus further by identifying ballpark-appropriate foods wherever possible. Plus, this year, we recruited food nominations from the public on which foods deserved to be on the bracket. There may be some overlap - apples are popular across state lines, for instance – so it’s your vote that will set the states apart. Click on any one of the food items within the bracket to read a brief rationale as to why it was chosen.

We welcome all questions, comments, and suggestions for 2017. Contact us at TasteofAmerica@cqrollcall.com or via social media using #TofA2016.