Lowcountry Local First (LLF) kicked off its Eat Drink Local campaign May 1 to encourage Charlestonians to increase their consumption of locally grown and produced food and drinks.

For the entire month of May, LLF is asking interested participants to pledge to shift $10 (or more) of their weekly budget to spend on food, produce and drinks from local farmers, fishers, brewers, bakers and more. 

Buying locally grown products helps the environment, cultivates a strong community connection and boosts the state’s business economy. According to LLF, most of South Carolina’s food is imported even though agribusiness is the state’s largest industry. Food and produce items often travel an average of 1,500 miles before reaching the end consumer. 

When you sign up for the Eat Drink Local month-long challenge, LLF will help you find CSAs and farmers in the area to buy from, provide information on participating restaurants and breweries and send easy, healthy recipes. 

As part of the May campaign, LLF will host its 14th annual Chefs Potluck fundraiser at Firefly Distillery on May 22 from 4-7 p.m. More than 15 Charleston-area chefs from restaurants including Chubby Fish, The Ordinary, Post House and more will be paired up with farmers, fishers and ranchers to create delicious food samples with the freshest ingredients. 

Tickets start at $150 and are all-inclusive. The event will feature food tastings, local drinks and live music. 

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