Eat Local Week

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Eat Local Week celebrates the regional harvest, promotes local agriculture and the preservation of Utah’s agricultural heritage, and brings people together as a community. Through a series of activities and events, Eat Local Week educates the community about resources for eating locally, and increases awareness around food production, transportation, and access to healthy food.


1. Develop a greater awareness around food production, transportation, and consumption

2. Educate our community about resources for eating locally

3. Support and popularize local food producers and purveyors

Utah’s Eat Local Challenge started in 2007 when Salt Lakers Andrea and Michael Heidinger wondered if they could feed themselves solely on food produced within 250 miles of their home in the Salt Lake Valley. Catalyst Magazine profiled this effort in a June 2007 article. Slow Food Utah was an enthusiastic supporter of their explorations as Andrea and Michael invited others to join them.They hosted potlucks and food quests in the region to seek out local foods. And they managed to eat local and eat well. The tradition has continued annually, with others stepping forward to help organize the events.

This year the Eat Local Challenge will take place from October 5-12, 2013  

Join us at the various events taking place, pledge to be a part of the challenge, and join the conversation with your community!






Saturday, 10/5

Farm to Street Cook-off Party

*Be a judge in the local-food cook-off block party! Salt Lake’s best food trucks, activities, demo’s, great music, and dancing in the street!

Granary Row,  336 W 700 S, SLC 5-8pm
Sunday, 10/6

DIY Bread and Tortilla Workshop

*Come learn how to make fresh bread and corn tortillas! $10. Registration required

Rico Warehouse, 545 W 700 S, SLC 4-7pm

Stone Soup Pot

*Want to try Stone Soup?  The People’s Market will be demonstrating Stone Soup with local produce at the market.

People’s Market, 1000 S 900 W, SLC TBA
Monday, 10/7

Film Screening: A Changing Harvest & GMO OMG

*Free screening, first come first serve. Come early and enjoy a local burger. 21 and over event.

Brewvies Cinema,  677 S 200 W, SLC Doors and food: 6pm, Film: 7pm
Tuesday, 10/8

Quick Pickle Workshop

*Bring your market veggies to the info booth to learn how to do a quick refrigerator pickle! Jars, supplies & equipment provided. Free.

Pioneer Park, 300 S 300 W, SLC 4:30-7pm
Wednesday, 10/9

“Is Food Diversity an Illusion?” – Lecture by Phil Howard

*How much do you know about food diversity? Educate yourself! Lecture is free. Register with the link above.

TBA 7pm
Thursday, 10/10

Local First Utah’s Celebrate the Bounty

*Annual fundraiser featuring some of Utah’s finest fare provided by locally owned, independent restaurants. Purchase tickets in advance.

Union Pacific Depot, 400 W S. Temple 6-10pm
Friday, 10/11

Dinner in the Field

*Join The Wasatch Coop for a ‘farm-to-table’ dinner, highlighting local vendors and fresh food and drink! Registration required.

Mololo Gardens 6:30pm
Saturday, 10/12

Farm Tour

*Tour the beautiful farm followed by a delicious pot-luck lunch. RSVP to for more details!

Christiansen Farms (Meets in SLC) 11am-4pm

Farm to Glass Cocktail Party

*Meet the mixers, meet the farmers, and find out who the farm-to-glass cocktail winner is. Purchase tickets in advance.

Rico Warehouse, 545 W 700 S, SLC 6:30-9:30pm


The Challenge is simple, eat as local as you can. The standard challenge is only eating food that comes from within a 250 mile radius. Not ready for that? Come up with a challenge that works for you! Choose a couple of food groups to get locally and stay true to them. Be creative, challenge yourself, and have fun!

Take the Local Pledge here! and join the conversation with other pledgers on our Facebook page “Salt Lake Eat Local


All of these events are made possible by:

And with the help of our community:

Granary Row - Local First Utah - People’s Market Rico Market - Salt Lake Magazine - Utah Film Center - Utah’s Own - Wasatch Cooperative Market