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What is the Eat Local Challenge?

The Eat Local Challenge is a celebration and exploration of New Orleans’ food and agricultural heritage. New Orleanians are challenged to support local farmers, fishers, food makers, restaurants, breweries, spirits handlers and food advocates. We encourage participants to support the local food system; by eating in restaurants, visiting your local farmers market, shopping at locally owned grocery stores, and recognizing the hard work and history of the people who made and continue to make New Orleans the best place to eat. Participants also look forward to parties, classes, tours, events, and a host of other opportunities to celebrate all the bounty of New Orleans!

Read our statement on the 2020 Eat Local Challenge and changes we are making to help build a more equitable food system and recognition of the ways in which white supremacy has impacted those who created the food we love.  

Are you ready to make your mark on local food? Sign up here.

Local Impact

New Orleans is a worldwide food destination that loses millions in food dollars to corporations. Studies estimate that each dollar spent on local food can recirculate as much as $1.3 - $2.6 back into a local economy (Lynch et al., 2015). Plus, local food tastes better, is healthier, and contributes to a more sustainable and resilient community.


The Eat Local Challenge is free for all to participate!

The Challenge is free for all to participate, though we appreciate any donations to help offset costs. Donate here.

We can’t put on the Eat Local Challenge without the support of our sponsors and partners. Interested in sponsoring the Eat Local Challenge or partnering with us on an event to highlight your farm, business, organization, or space? Please email to view our sponsor package. 


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