In celebration of National Food Day (October 24th), multiple Lowcountry organizations are teaming up to offer three days worth of events celebrating healthy, local, and affordable food. Each is open to the public and family friendly.
The “Lowcountry Food Day Crawl” will begin on Thursday with a screening of the documentary, Soul Food Junkies at Cinebarre. The Crawl will continue on Friday with various activities throughout the area before concluding on Saturday. The entire schedule is as follows:
Thursday, October 23rd
- 5:30 pm - Lowcountry Food Day Kick-off: “Soul Food Junkies” - Cinebarre
- About the Film: "Inspired by his own family’s complex relationship with “soul food” — fried chicken, ribs, macaroni and cheese, peach cobbler, and the whole panoply of down-home foods made with grease, sugar, and love — acclaimed filmmaker Byron Hurt asks whether this diet is nurturing or destroying the African American community. With humor and heart, Hurt questions the effects of “soul food” on the health of not only African Americans, but all who guiltily consume this most comforting of American comfort foods."
- Watch the trailer here
- Tickets: $5 suggested donation with proceeds to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank
- Attendees are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to support Lowcountry Food Bank.
- Complementary snacks and drink specials available for purchase at the bar
- Screening begins at 6:30pm with a panel discussion immediately following at 7:45pm.
Friday, October 24th
- 9 am - Cooking Matters Grocery Store Tours - Various
- Tours are 60-minute guided tours teaching participants how to shop for healthy food on a limited budget
- The tour ends with a challenge to select items that make a healthy meal for under $10. Upon completion, each participant will receive a gift card to purchase the items
- Participating stores include:
- Bilo, 445 Meeting Street, Charleston
- Bilo, 4391 Dorchester Road, North Charleston
- Bilo, 142 Saint James Avenue, Goose Creek
- Tours will be held at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, and 12 pm
- Arrive early to register for the tour beginning at the top of the hour and expect to spend 90 minutes at the store.
- 10 am - Crop Mob - Dirt Works Incubator Farm, 3955 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy, Johns Island
- Get your hands dirty alongside Lowcountry Local First apprentices and farmers at Dirt Works Incubator Farm
- Volunteers will join together to prepare the fields for the final fall planting
- Wear work clothes, boots, and gloves
- More info
- RSVP to Avril@LowcountryLocalFirst.org for directions.
- 11:30 am - All Local Lunch - City Bistro Dining Hall, 80 St. Philip Street
- A collaboration between CofC Dining Services and the Office of Sustainability
- Locally-sourced lunch featuring multiple sustainable menu options
- All local produce and pantry items will be sourced through GrowFood Carolina
- The lunch is available for all attendees (non-CofC at a price of $9.25 each) and includes unlimited portions and beverages
- A limited number of courtesy parking passes are available by the City of Charleston in the St. Philip Street garage, ask for voucher at event.
- 11:30 am - Food Day Peanut Party - MUSC Urban Farm
- Local artist Everett White
- Food vendors
- Self-guided farm tours
- 1Cooking Demo and Tasting
- MUSC Culinary Competition judging & awards
- Louie’s Kids/Healthy Sprout Juicing Demo/Tasting
- Celebrity “Build a Better Peanut Butter Bird Feeder” Contest
- 4 pm - Food Day Trick or Treat in the Park - Hampton Park
- Kids Trick-or-Treat with healthy tips
- 5 pm - Food Day Happy Hour - Taco Boy, 217 Huger St
- Specialty, local jalapeño margaritas
- Locally-sourced menu items
- Portion of proceeds benefit the Green Heart Project’s Farm-to-School Programs
Saturday, October 25th
- 8 am - Charleston Farmers Market Food Day Finale - Marion Square
- Meet and greet with organizers
- Scavenger hunt questions with prizes