Eat Local Week, which takes place Sept. 6-13, is a chance for Utahns to be part of the locavore movement.
They can sign up for the Eat Local Challenge (www.eatlocalweek.org) or participate in one of several events and activities about foods grown or produced close to home.
For the challenge, hard-core locavores will try to eat only food produced within a 250-mile radius of where they live. If you’re not ready for that, there are other levels of participation. Sign up at eatlocalweek.org.
Here are a few other ways to boost an "eat local" spirit:
Sept. 4, noon to 8 p.m. » Taste Local Utah at the Utah State Fair, 155 N. 1000 West, Salt Lake City. Sample more than 30 Utah products in the specialty events tent. Free with admission to the Utah State Fair.
Sept. 6, 10 a.m. » The St. George Farmers Market will offer cooking demonstrations by Red Acre Farm and Brittany Adams of Salvita Health using local produce. The market takes place at Ancestor Square on the corner of St. George Boulevard and Main Street.
Sept. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. » 21st annual Tomato Sandwich Party, at the Grateful Tomato Garden, 800 S. 600 East, Salt Lake City. Wasatch Community Gardens serves sandwiches made with heirloom tomatoes and homemade basil pesto on locally made bread. Live music and children’s activities. Free.
Sept. 8, 7 p.m. » Free screening of "Eating Alabama," Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City. This one-hour documentary follows a young couple as they set out to eat the way their grandparents did — locally and seasonally. Seats available on a first-come basis.
Sept. 9, 5 to 7 p.m. » Quickle (Quick Pickle) at the Tuesday Harvest Market at Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City. Make a quick batch of refrigerator pickles using produce from the market.
Sept. 9, 7 p.m. » Utah’s Own Funeral Potato Contest at the Utah State Fair, 155 N. 1000 West, Salt Lake City. Free with admission to the fair.
Sept. 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m. » Moab Farmers Market Iron Chef contest at Swanny City Park, 400 N. 100 West, Moab. Two local chefs will battle to see who can create the most delicious locally sourced meal. Free.
Sept. 11, 6 to 10:30 p.m. » Wasatch Cooperative Market is sponsoring a "Fine Art & Food" event at Building 64, a soon-to-open office space and arts studio at 64 W. Fayette Ave. (970 South). Guest will enjoy food and drink using local ingredients as well as live acoustic music and original art about food. Event is free, but guests must be at least 21. Make a required reservation at wasatch.coop.
Sept. 13, 10 a.m. » The St. George Farmers Market will offer a cooking demonstration by Barbara Mathison, president of the Vegetarian Society of Southern Utah, coach and consultant for Nutritious Way,using local produce. The market takes place at Ancestor Square on the corner of St. George Boulevard and Main Street.
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