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euphoria has partnered with VisitGreenville SC to host The Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) Awards this September during Greenville’s annual food, wine and music festival.

“We are beyond excited about this, as it is a great opportunity to host dozens of the country’s top food journalists during our festival,” says Morgan Allen, executive director of euphoria. “This aligns perfectly with our mission to shine a spotlight on Greenville’s thriving culinary scene.”

The AFJ is a professional organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating responsible food journalism across media platforms. The AFJ Awards will be held on Sept. 19, 5-7 p.m., at Avenue. euphoria runs Sept. 19-22 this year.

“Food writers always look forward to euphoria, and we’re thrilled to give them another reason to put the festival on their calendars,” says Hanna Raskin, AFJ president and food editor of The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C. “Just like euphoria, AFJ is committed to recognizing and celebrating people who have demonstrated creativity, excellence, and integrity in their craft.”

The AFJ gives awards in 16 categories, including audio food coverage; business coverage; policy coverage; restaurant criticism; newspaper food coverage and newspaper food feature, with winners based on circulation size; magazine coverage; special food projects; and others.

The first AFJ Awards Competition took place in 1986. In the last 30 years, hundreds of judges have reviewed thousands of entries with one common goal – to recognize and perpetuate excellence in food journalism.

euphoria will be working with several of its valued community partners to provide programming for these journalists while they’re in town. They will also be invited to stay for euphoria and spend the weekend exploring downtown Greenville and all it has to offer.

“We are honored to welcome the AFJ to Yeah, THAT Greenville in 2019,” says David Montgomery, Vice President of Sales for VisitGreenvilleSC. “Hosting this group of the country’s most respected food journalists during euphoria is the perfect opportunity to showcase Greenville’s buzzing and inventive culinary scene.”

The AFJ Awards will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Avenue. The association will be giving out awards in 16 categories, including best audio food journalism; best food business story; best story on food policy; best restaurant criticism; best food coverage; best special food project; and others. Entries are now being accepted to the 2019 AFJ Awards Competition. The contest is open to all journalists. First-place winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $300. The deadline for submissions is March 4, 2019.