2021 Eat Local Season

May 1st – May 31st

For the last several years, we’ve held our annual Eat Local Month campaign throughout the month of April, celebrating all the many easy and fun ways to support our local food system. Last year’s campaign (2020) was canceled along with everything else, but we’re bringing it back and can’t wait to show our love and appreciation to the growers, fishers, chefs, bakers, brewers, producers and employees who make our food scene here so delicious and vibrant. No one stopped eating during the pandemic, and these rock stars never stopped working to feed us — no matter what it took. Talk about being Essential!

We’re proud to announce that we’ll also be extending this year’s campaign across two months instead of one, and pushing it back in time to better align with the more active growing season across the region. We hope you’ll join us in May-June as we help you engage with what’s ripe and in season here – and introduce you to some of the people behind the ingredients and the skilled preparation of our local foods. Get hungry!

Eat Local Challenge: Show Your Receipts
May 1 – 31

Lowcountry Local First’s Eat Local Challenge is back, but with a twist! Throughout the first month of the campaign (May 1 – 31), we challenge you to shift $10 or more of your weekly food spending towards the local food system – and prove it! Get started by signing up and we’ll guide you on where to find the freshest ingredients, highlight participating restaurants, feature easy recipes, connect you with local farmers and CSAs and more. Put your money where your heart is! For every valid receipt submitted, you’ll be entered to win rad local prizes. Sign the Pledge here to get started!

13th annual Chef’s Potluck
Sunday, June 6th, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Bend

Save the Date and plan to join us at a socially-distant, COVID-safe fundraiser at the Bend on June 6, 4 – 7 p.m. Every purchase of a 10×10′ “pod” (up to 4 people / pod) will be all-inclusive, with a Potluck Basket of food prepared by a stellar local chef, local beverages and sweets. Enjoy live music by the Marshgrass Mamas featuring Cary Ann Hearst and Sly & The Family Stone Tribute Band while taking in a beautiful view of the Ashley River and celebrating the bounty we have here in the Lowcountry. We can’t wait to see you! Tickets will launch in late April. Join the Facebook event and stay informed of all the upcoming details! Interested in volunteering? Sign up here.

Local Socials are Back!
May 13th and June 10th, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Join us on the second Thursdays of May and June as we safely bring back our monthly networking events, the Local Social. Details forthcoming.


2021 Eat Local Season is supported by these fantastic partners. Interested in becoming a partner? Learn more and contact Steve@Lowcountrylocalfirst.org for more information.


Presenting Sponsor:








Chef Bags sponsored by:



Soil Builders:






Local Roots:

Community Partners:
Amor Healing Kitchen
Bread & Butter Charleston
Black Food Fridays
Pay It Forward Charleston
Slow Food Charleston