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
*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|
*Come learn how to make fresh bread and corn tortillas! $10. Registration required
|Rico Warehouse, 545 W 700 S, SLC||4-7pm|
*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|
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|
*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|
*How much do you know about food diversity? Educate yourself! Lecture is free. Register with the link above.
*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|
*Join The Wasatch Coop for a ‘farm-to-table’ dinner, highlighting local vendors and fresh food and drink! Registration required.
*Tour the beautiful farm followed by a delicious pot-luck lunch. RSVP to email@example.com for more details!
|Christiansen Farms (Meets in SLC)||11am-4pm|
*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!
All of these events are made possible by:
And with the help of our community: