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Welcome to Best of Central California

Central California is known as a hub of agriculture, with a thriving culinary scene and numerous parks and attractions for outdoor enthusiasts. Like most cities in America, the area’s economy continues to grow, and it has placed a renewed focus on revitalizing and expanding the downtown core. The Fresno Bee is once again presenting Best of Central California in 2024 to engage the community in celebrating the places, restaurants, and local businesses we love.


In 2023, we received more than 445,000 votes from over 136,000 voters! That is a 40% increase over the previous year. There were 4,500 businesses competing this year, and we are pleased to award 656 of them with 891 Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards. With this year’s increased competition, winning Best of Central California is truly an accomplishment and we can't wait to see what 2024 has in store!

Welcome to Best of Central California

Best of Central California will have strong support from,, The Fresno Bee Newspaper, and social media.
Nominations and voting will be driven by print, digital, and social promotions.

  • Digital Display

  • High-Impact Digital Display

  • The Fresno Bee Newspaper Ads

  • Organic Social Media

  • Paid Social Media

  • Paid Targeted Eblast

  • Eblast to Subscribers

  • Outdoor Advertising

The Fresno Bee will invest over $200,000 in marketing support promoting Best of Central California, driving participation and ensuring success for the community and local businesses.

Nominations Open Monday, January 15


Request your complimentary asset kit that includes badges ready to be incorporated into your social media posts, website, and emails during the Best of Central California to encourage voting and engage your audience!

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