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The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is rolling out the welcome mat in Washington, D.C. June 25, utilizing the state's entire Congressional delegation to showcase the best things the Mountain State has to offer.

West Virginia's native pepperoni roll is coming off a winning vote as America's favorite state food in CQ Roll Call's "Taste of America" competition, beating 64 other foods from all 50 states in a bracket-style online voting contest that garnered more than a half a million votes. CQ Roll Call provides congressional news, legislative tracking and advocacy services.

Lawmakers are scheduled to participate in a ceremony to celebrate the state's pepperoni roll designation. The event also will feature West Virginia-native foods, live musical entertainment from West Virginia musicians and information about West Virginia's businesses, universities and organizations.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he's grateful to the vendors and small businesses participating in the event, and pointed out the significance of the state's 150th birthday celebration this month.

"‘Taste of West Virginia' will bring old and new friends together in Washington to highlight some of our state's most well-known and unique foods," Manchin said in a news release. "West Virginia offers some of the best food and most tempting recipes in America, from apple butter spreads and fine jams to pepperoni rolls.

"This is such a great opportunity for us to showcase all that West Virginia has to offer as we celebrate our rich culture, strong traditions and great history."

Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said the event will be a good reminder that West Virginia is a small state, but it has a lot to offer.

"As our state's food economy expands and our entrepreneurs and small businesses find new markets for their products, this is a key opportunity to showcase our state's entrepreneurial spirit and attract new visitors from far and wide," Rahall said in a news release. "This may be our 150th year, but West Virginia is still wild and even more wonderful than ever before."

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said the state's small businesses are critical to growing the economy and boosting employment.

"This event will not only highlight delicious food and produce from West Virginia, but it will showcase to people across the country some of the special items from our state that make it so great," Capito said in a news release.

And Rep. McKinley, R-W.Va., said the best part of the Mountain State is its people.

"As a proud seventh generation Mountaineer of this great state, it's exciting to give our residents and Washington friends a chance to get a taste of West Virginia," McKinley said in a news release.

The event is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. in Suite 902 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

Vendors scheduled for the event include: DiCarlo's Pizza, Figaretti's, West Virginia Northern Community College, Ye Olde Alpha, Candlewyck Inn, Sweet Shop, Sweet Shine, Flying W. Farms, Gourmet Central, Royalicious, Mister Bee, Uncle Bunks, Marble King, Chico's Bakery, West Virginia Fruit and Berry, West Virginia University, Marion County Chamber of Commerce, Capitol Market, BlackWater Brewing Company, Mountain State Brewing Company, Augusta Heritage, Adventures on the Gorge, Daniel Vineyards, The Greenbrier, Smooth Ambler, West Virginia Department of Tourism, West Virginia Division of Culture and History and Tamarack.