Foodies come in all shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common: they love great food. Seeking out bold new flavors, foodies are always up for culinary adventure, and many like to support organic and local producers. But what about when it comes time for a foodie to put down roots? While every American state has its own unique culinary traditions and many have vibrant and growing food scenes, some states seem to be natural oases for foodies. Here are our picks for the top 8 states for foodies to live in the U.S.
Lobster and cranberries are the mainstay of cuisine in Maine, which maintains a unique position in New England cooking. Lobster rolls are relatively cheap and abundant, and blueberry pie, made from wild blueberries, is the state’s official dessert. Eggs, dairy, poultry and maple syrup are some of Maine’s major agricultural products, a fact that’s reflected in cooking around the state. Perhaps somewhat unexpectedly, Maine is also home to a growing locavore movement, likely inspired by traditions of small, family-run farming operations and the can-do attitude of early colonists. Small-batch preserves and pick-your-own operations are popular, and upscale restaurants serving dishes made of locally sourced ingredients are popping up around the Portland of the east coast. The countryside is dotted with farmers markets and there’s a growing agrotourism industry. A mix of history and innovation come together to make Maine a place for foodies to watch.