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Eat Local First is a week-long celebration of local food in Washington DC. We aim to educate and inspire you to eat local food whenever possible. For more information visit www.eatlocalfirstdc.com

Eat Local First Week 2012 (July 14-21)

Think Local First DC

Eat Local First Week  2012 (July 14-21)

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
Kick-Off Party   more info $25.00 $2.24
Femivore Awards Reception and Happy Hour $50.00 $3.49
Edible Urban Garden Tour and After Event $20.00 $1.99
A Bigger Future for Local Food
An entry RSVP to A Bigger Future for Local Food includes admission to the panel event and post-panel reception. This event is for food industry attendees.
Free $0.00
StartUp Kitchen Chopping Block Competition Free $0.00
Snail of Approval Nominee Happy Hour   more info $20.00 $1.99
StartUp Kitchen Launch Party Free $0.00
Farm-to-Street Party $15.00 $1.74
Week Pass   more info $100.00 $5.99

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Event Details


Admission gets you access to live local music from Listen Local First artists Young Rapids, Frau Eva, and Typefighter, a buffet of local BBQ/sides and a ticket for one local beer! 21+ only. 

Saturday, July 14

3-7 p.m. - $25

Acre 121

1400 Irving Street NW

Washington, DC 20010 


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In conjunction with Think Local First DC's "Eat Local First" week-long celebration, The Big Bad Woof, Inc. partners with Busboys & Poets to screen the documentary FRESH, an enlightening call to action outlining the vicious cycle of our current food production methods, while celebrating the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system. 

After the screening, join us and the conversation around FRESH ideas with an exciting panel of food revolutionaries - local farmers, restaurateurs and activists from Think Local First DC, ECO City Farms, GLUT Food Coop, and Soupergirl.

This event is part of the monthly Conversations in the Corridor at Busboys & Poets in Hyattsville, MD (typically held every second Sunday of the month from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.).

Email citcevents@thebigbadwoof.com for more information.

Sunday, July 15

5-7 p.m.

Busboys & Poets in the Arts District Hyattsville

5331 Baltimore Avenue

Hyattsville, MD 20781


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Three amazing women will compete for guest votes during the Happy Hour for a $1,000 award to support their locally sourced food projects built around the ideas GROW, NOURISH or INSPIRE. A Happy Hour including samples from a Femivore sourced menu will be hosted by owner and successful Femivore, Ris Lacoste, celebrating local women food producers where it matters most, on the plate and in the glass. The same menu will be available throughout Eat Local First Week with a portion of the proceeds going towards Think Local First DC programs all year.


Show your support of Women in the DC Food Movement by sponsoring FEMIVORE as part of our week long celebration of local food, farms, chefs and independent businesses.


Monday, July 16

5:30-7 p.m. - $50 Happy Hour and Awards Reception

7:00 p.m. $85 Femivore Sourced Dinner

2275 L Street NW

Washington, DC 20037

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Greening DC One Garden at a Time is the theme for this year’s tour. Explore city spaces and residential gardens that will open their doors and gates for the public to see what growing good food in our own backyards, front yards, rooftops, and empty lots is all about.  It’s a chance to ask questions, learn from and hear what inspires some of the city’s best gardeners.

The tour will feature a collection of public and private sustainable gardens, guerrilla gardening (learn how to make seed bombs), a workshop with DC Greenworks to learn the importance of and how to install a rain barrel and after-party at OLD CITY green with seasonal food, cocktails and music by the Sligo Creek Stompers.

Set up as a self-guided tour (bike, walk or drive), you will have the opportunity to meet the gardeners, ask them questions and get inspired.  

The tour is self-guided and will cover several miles so a bike or a car is recommended.

Tuesday, July 17

Gardens open for touring 5-8 p.m.

OLD CITY green

902 N Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

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A BIGGER FUTURE FOR LOCAL FOOD: Industry Panel and Reception

Wednesday, July 18, from 3 to 7 p.m.

At The Phillips Collection Auditorium
3 p.m. Panel and Audience Discussion
Followed by a Reception at 5 p.m. at Tryst at the Phillips 
21st and Q Streets NW | Dupont Circle Metro Accessible | 1600 21st St. NW, WDC 20009

Panelists will discuss actions and strategies for continuing to grow the local food movement with restaurants, grocery stores, farms, CSAs, markets, and artisanal products.  We'll have numerous opportunities throughout the panel for audience participation: contribution of ideas, questions, or experiences that have worked to grow availability or capacity.     

Panel Featuring:  Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms; Ann Yonkers of FreshFarm Markets; Jim Epstein of Blue Ridge Produce; Tommy Langford of Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market and Dawson’s Market; Erin Johnson of Sandy Spring CSA; Matt Mulder of Arcadia; David Winer of EatWellDC; and moderated by Flavor Magazine.  

Reception FeaturingTryst, Local 16, Whipple Farms, Goûter, Copperfox Distillery,DC Brau, and Barboursville Vineyards.     

We welcome attendees from across the food industry to join us in this discussion of action and ideas for a bigger future for local food!

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Hear the finalists present their concepts before a panel of food industry veterans who will critique business plans, offer constructive advice, ask probing questions, and review the general soundness of the concepts. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved (see top).

Wednesday, July 18
7-9 p.m.
821 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011

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We live in a time in which people want to know where their food comes from, who grows it and how it was raised. Consumers choose the farmers market over grocery store and fancy themselves a home chef.  Join thepanel discussion of how businesses are growing, sustaining and adapting to this changing consumer behavior.  

Visit the official Locals Unplugged page for more information and to buy tickets.

Thursday, July 19
8-10 a.m.
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW 
Washington, DC 20009

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Enjoy locally sourced cocktails created with Honest Tea by our mixologist and live music from Rene Moffat. Suggested $10 donation at door with 2 free drink tickets. A portion of the sales go to the Eat Local First campaign.

Thursday, July 19
5-8 p.m.
Tryst at the Phillips
1600 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

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Come out and toast Eat Local First week while learning all about Slow Food DC’s Snail of Approval awards and this year’s nominees! The Snail of Approval is SFDC’s opportunity to recognize the local food producers who contribute to our community through their daily commitment to quality of food and taste, the sustainability of its origins, and preserving authentic food traditions and craftsmanship. Online nominations close June 30 and the selection process will begin in July. Ripple, one of 2011 Snail of Approval winners and a strong supporter of local farmers and co-ops, will host and tell us a little bit about what it means to be a Snail winner. Tickets include 2 drinks and a sampling of hors d'oeuvres. A special farm-to-table dinner menu will be available to attendees who would like to stay and dine after the happy hour.
Space is limited, so be sure to purchase your ticket soon! 

Thursday, July 19
5:30-8 p.m.
3417 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

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Three finalists are competing for the chance to open their own pop-up restaurant during Eat Local First Week 2012. On July 18, the finalists will present their concepts before a panel of food industry veterans who will critique their business plans, offer constructive advice, ask probing questions, and review the general soundness of the concepts. The winner will be announced on July 20 at the StartUp Kitchen Launch Party at Domku.
Friday, July 20
7-9 p.m.
821 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011

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Enjoy scrumptious dishes made with ingredients from local farms, drink local craft beer and wine, shop local retailers and take craft food classes in the pop-up park, and hear music from Listen Local First! To see a full list of participating restaurants, organizations, and businesses, click hereTickets are $15 (online or cash/credit at the event) and include two food tickets.  

Saturday, July 21
1-7 p.m.
V Street NW, between 13th and 14th
(Entrance is on 13th and V St. NW)

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Have questions about Eat Local First Week 2012 (July 14-21)? Contact Think Local First DC




Think Local First DC

Working with independent businesses, consumers and policymakers to grow a sustainable local economy in Washington DC.
Think Local First DC works with independent businesses, consumers and policymakers to grow a sustainable local economy in Washington DC.
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Eat Local First Week 2012 (July 14-21)
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