The Marion County Convention and Visitors Bureau is aiming to promote a long-stranding local tradition with its new pepperoni roll tour booklets, which give readers a list of Marion County-based restaurants selling the regional treat as well as tells the history of the pepperoni roll itself.
Starting with the history of the pepperoni roll — from its inception as a quick meal, handheld to bring into the coal mines, to the annual pepperoni roll bake-offs and eating championships every year at the Three Rivers Festival — the booklet then dives into where one can find the food item. Marion County CVB Executive Director Leisha Elliott said that many people stop by the bureau to inquire about pepperoni rolls, which led to the booklet's creation.
“Pepperoni rolls are so iconic to West Virginia, particularly Marion County, so we decided we’d put together a booklet that discusses the history of the pepperoni roll and some of the places you’ll be able to fund them in Marion County and across the region,” Elliott said. “We highlight the places that make them fresh.”