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Published on March 20, 2024
Bay Area's Ferry Building & Napa's Oxbow Market Vie for Title in USA Today’s Best Public Market AwardsSource:Daderot, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Two Bay Area culinary hotspots, the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco and Napa's Oxbow Public Market, are looking to clinch the title of Best Public Market in the USA Today Readers' Choice Awards. These iconic markets have been singled out among 20 contenders nationwide, each offering a distinct taste of local culture and cuisine.

In the fierce competition to be named America's favorite, the Ferry Building and Oxbow Market are up against two contenders from LA — the Original Farmers Market and Grand Central Market. These nominations not only highlight the appeal of these markets but serve to freshly remind locals and tourists alike just exactly why they have been cherished for so long. Voting for the top spot is now open and will run until April 15, according to USA Today.

The Ferry Building is no stranger to accolades. It snagged the No. 10 spot in last year's USA Today Readers' Choice awards, praised for its diverse vendor lineup and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge. Jane Connors, the marketplace's general manager, told SFGATE, "We are proud that the unique marketplace we have curated has once again been nominated as one of the best public markets." The marketplace boasts over 50 merchants and is a hub for cuisine and community.

Oxbow Public Market in Napa, often called the heart of Wine Country, is a beloved destination for both locals and tourists. The market is known for its mix of local food vendors, regional farmers, and artisan cafes. Visitors can savor their finds while overlooking the Napa River. It remains to be seen if either market can to truly outdo each other or the other competitors, but the pride they bring to the Bay Area is undisputed. The winners are expected to be announced on April 24, as reported by SFGATE.

Both markets serve as a testament to the richness and variety of the Bay Area's food scene. The Ferry Building is home to restaurants like Hog Island Oyster Co. and the newly opened A16 La Pala, while Oxbow features popular spots like Gott's Roadside and Fieldwork Brewing. These markets are not just food destinations but are woven into the fabric of their communities, offering a snapshot of the region's flavors and traditions. Bay Area residents now have the opportunity to show their support and pride by casting a vote for their preferred marketplace.