Eat Drink Local Month 2023

Monday, May 1, 2023
to Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Category: Awareness Campaign


Eat Drink Local Month (May) is Lowcountry Local First's annual effort to focus attention on local growers, fishers, restaurants, bakers and beverage providers while providing fun and educational opportunities for our community to actively engage in eating and drinking what's in season. Join us for these community events and activities that directly connect you with the farmers, restaurants, businesses and organizations that make the Lowcountry a one-of-a-kind place to live, eat and drink!


15th annual Chef's Potluck
Sunday, May 21
4 - 7 pm
The Porter Room at Holy City Brewery
1021 Aragon Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405


One of the most popular fundraising events of the year, the 15th annual Chef’s Potluck takes place at the beautiful, marsh-side Porter Room at Holy City Brewery in North Charleston. More than 18 participating local chefs will be paired with local farmers, fishermen and ranchers to bring attendees the freshest, local ingredients the Lowcountry has to offer!

Tickets are all inclusive. Enjoy live music, local libations, tastings from each chef, and the beautiful views.


Purchase Tickets


2023 Chef’s Potluck participating restaurants include: 

Butcher & Bee, Charleston Grill, Cru Cafe, Edmund’s Oast, FIG / The Ordinary, Frannie & the Fox, Indaco, NICO Oysters + Seafood, Park & Grove, Slightly North of Broad (SNOB), Sullivan's Island Fish Camp, Ted’s Butcherblock, The Grocery, Life Raft Treats

PLUS, a special showcase of these Community Business Academy graduates: Bert & T’s Desserts, Carolina Cookery and Mini Blessings Bakery

Beverage Providers include: Holy City Brewing, Frothy Beard Brewing, Coast Brewing, Grassroots Wine, Firefly Distilling, High Wire Distilling, One Love Kombucha  

Participating Farmers include: Altman Farm & Mill, Anson Mills, Common Joy, Fire Ant Farm, Heron Farms, Hickory Bluff Berry Farm, Holy City Farms, Jeremiah Farm & Goat Dairy, Joseph Fields Farm, Keegan-Filion Farm, King Tide Farms, Lowcountry Oyster Co, Lowland Farms, Marsh Hen Mill, Olinda Olive Oil, Southern Keep, Spade & Clover, Taylor Adams Farm, The Lion & the Lamb Family Farm, Wishbone Heritage Farms

Proceeds from this event benefit Lowcountry Local First’s mission to cultivate an equitable economy anchored in local ownership.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up here.

Eat Drink Local Challenge: Make the Shift
May 1-31

Lowcountry Local First’s Eat Drink Local Challenge takes place throughout the entire month of May each year. We challenge you to shift $10 or more of your weekly food spending towards the local food and beverage system. By signing the Pledge, we'll guide you on where to find the freshest ingredients, highlight participating restaurants, suggest places to grab a local libation, feature easy recipes, connect you with local farmers and CSAs and more! Agribusiness is SC's largest industry however over 90% of our food is still imported.

By participating in the Eat Drink Local Challenge, we'll help you "Make the Shift" in your choices, spending and overall food and drinking habits. The challenge is open to individuals and businesses.


Take the Eat Local Challenge


Are you a restaurant, bar or brewery member with Lowcountry Local First? We urge you to create a special menu offering or promotion that we can share with our Challengers. Submit that here.



Kiss the Ground Documentary Screening & Conversation
May 16


People are calling KISS THE GROUND “The Most Important Film You’ll Ever Watch” -- which is a really big claim. But after watching, we're pretty sure it’s true. Find out for yourself. This documentary will be shown for our community at The Terrace Theatre, followed by a 45 minute conversation to bring the focus to our local grounds.

Come learn more about how to integrate regenerative farming techniques into your own farms, backyards, community gardens, and beyond. Or just come to find hope. We can do this!

Tuesday, May 16, 7-8:30 pm
Terrace Theatre, James Island
Capacity is limited to 40.
Suggestion donation of $10



Lowcountry Farmers' Markets & CSAs

Celebrate the abundant growing season in the lowcountry by visiting one of the many vibrant farmers markets throughout the region or signing up for a CSA to have fresh, local produce delivered to your door!


Find Fresh Food


2023 Eat Drink Local Season is supported by these fantastic partners. Interested in becoming a partner? Learn more and contact for more information.

  Presenting Sponsor





Soil Builder


Community Partner


Cup Sponsor

Wristband Sponsor


For More Information:

Steve Fletcher

Steve Fletcher

Director of Economic Development