Local Food Feasts
We can change the world from the bottom up, starting with where we get our food.
As one way of celebrating World Localization Day, we invite you to connect with your local food systems by organizing a Local Food Feast in the month of June.
A Local Food Feast could be anything from a family dinner at home to a potluck with friends and colleagues, or even a neighborhood street feast! The challenge is to source (primarily) local ingredients – and maybe try to get to know the farmers who grew them.
Wherever you are and however you can safely gather, we hope you'll join millions of people who, as part of the worldwide local food movement, are giving rise to a better future from the ground up.
Let us know if you are holding a local food feast to celebrate World Localization Day in the month of June. Register your local food feast here.
View the Local Food Feast photo gallery for inspiration.
Why is a thriving local food system so important?
Food is fundamental
Food is the one thing we produce that everyone needs, every day. So even small changes in the way it is produced and distributed can have profound impacts on the Earth, the economy, and our health.
Local food creates community
Bringing people together around local food is powerful: in a crisis-affected world, local food systems are lifeboats of biodiversity, community cohesion, food-security, soil health, and wellbeing.
Local food can save the planet
When we shorten the distance between consumers and producers, we structurally encourage diversity on the farm – and with it, greater productivity, more local livelihoods, more nutritious food and ecosystem regeneration. At the same time, localized food economies massively reduce chemical pollution, plastic packaging, and CO2 emissions. That's a win-win-win!
Let's move from destructive, industrial monocultures to diversified, local, community-driven systems.
Frequently asked questions:
1. When should Local Food Feasts take place?
In order to be part of the build-up to World Localization Day celebrations, Local Food Feasts should be held during the month of June.
2. Does everything have to be local?
No, it may be difficult to get all the ingredients you want locally. Just do your best and please try to make sure that other ingredients have been fairly traded or are ethically sourced as far as possible.
3. How local is "local" food?
There is no definite answer! If you can get food from within your community, that is great, but you may have to look a bit further for some ingredients. The challenge is to get as much as possible as locally as possible. There is usually more than you think when you start looking. Good luck!
4. Can I have meat?
Yes, please try to find a supplier that raises their animals locally, organically and ethically, or perhaps even supplies meat from local breeds.
5. How many people should I invite? And who?
There are no rules – you are free to invite as many or as few people as you like (and local Covid-19 rules allow). It may be good to invite people who don’t know much about the benefits of local food, but family, friends and neighbours may also like an invitation. You decide!
6. Can I just go and have a local meal at a restaurant?
Yes! Talk to your server or chef about their local ingredients. This is a great way of helping to spread the localization message – and they may find that other customers, especially visitors to the area, are interested in local produce.
7. I can't find any local food - what else can I do?
Anything that helps to promote local food! How about arranging for your neighbours to meet local producers or retailers – at a market, for example? Perhaps you could encourage a food producer to sell some of their produce locally. Or how about setting up your own local produce project?