BEST OF JAX

Best Food Festival: Jacksonville Taco & Tequila Festival

Best Food Festival Jacksonville Taco & Tequila Festival Pizza and beer. Milk and cookies. Somethings just go together, and according to the readers of “Folio,” tacos and tequila are a can’t-miss. The massive event, held at whatever Metro Park is called these days, featured tacos and Mexican street fare from more than 40 food purveyors, immersive entertainment, waterfront arts market, football tailgate villages, live muralists, games and live performances from Iration, Lupe Fiasco, Big Boi and Gym Class Heroes. And, of course, lots and lots of tequila.

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Best Comedian: Daisy Tackett

Best Comedian Daisy Tackett Known for her riffs on feminism, body image, dating and politics, Daisy Tackett has made a name for herself by not shying away from sensitive —and important — topics like rape culture and sexual assault, though she’s equally prepared to discuss less pressing issues like the lack of fat bachelorettes. Besides slaying it on stage whenever she gets the chance, Tackett hosts open mic nights at The Walrus in Murray Hill (she should get another “Best Of” just for how she handles that!) and is the local producer for Don’t Tell Comedy, an international pop-up comedy …

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Best TV News Anchor: Chandler Morgan

Best TV News Anchor Chandler Morgan While she’s relatively new to Jacksonville, having joined the Action News Jax team in December 2021, Chandler Morgan is already making a name for herself in her second home of Jacksonville having been voted “Best TV Anchor” by “Folio” readers. The Georgia native is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and can currently be seen as weekday anchor for Action News Jax.

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Best Local Weirdo: JoHanna Moresco

Best Local Weirdo JoHanna Moresco Some people might take being labeled a “weirdo” as an insult. We’re quite sure, however, this year’s winner JoHanna Moresco wears it as a badge of honor. Whether she’s sporting purple hair and playing violin for Jax-based dark wave/synthpop band The Crüxshadows or fangs as a contemporary urban vampire model and host, Jacksonville’s “Best Local Weirdo” does it with a sultry style and vibe that’s all her own. Vampire. Violinist. Vixen. Indeed.

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Indigo Art Therapy Studio: Best Mental Health Clinic

Indigo Art Therapy Studio Best Mental Health Clinic   Using color and creativity, Indigo Art Therapy has transformed the world of mental health, and opened the door for new ideas to help support the cause. With each stroke of a brush, their patients are using art to work through their stress, painting over their anxiousness, and sculpting their best self-image. It is through their innovative way of thinking that they deserve their award for being the best that this city has to offer.

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Best Local Area Farm: Be Well Greens

Best Local Area Farm Be Well Greens   Be Well Greens, the saviors of the produce aisle, deliver organic and sustainable products that support the well-being of many individuals and families in Northeast Florida. Their farms and rich resources help create fresh goods that can be a delectable addition to your next meal. Their hard work and growth has now rightfully earned them a seat at the table with the “Best of Jax.”

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Best Athlete: Trevor Lawrence 

Best Athlete Trevor Lawrence  From leading Clemson to the National Championship in 2019 to being the first overall draft pick in 2021 NFL draft, quarterback Trevor Lawrence knows all about winning. Unfortunately, his winning ways haven’t exactly transferred as flawlessly to the Jaguars, but his athleticism, hard work, dedication and leadership have made a tremendous impact not only on the team but the league in general.

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Best TV Sports Anchor: Brent Martineau

Best TV Sports Anchor Brent Martineau When “Folio” readers need the latest sports news, they turn to Brent Martineau. As sports director at CBS47/FOX30, he has his finger on the pulse of all things sports in Jacksonville and beyond. As a reporter, he’s covered the biggest sporting events in the world from the Super Bowl and World Series to The Masters, but he equally enjoys sharing the stories of local teams and athletes.

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