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New Orleans’ Eat Local Challenge 2013

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Eat Local Challenge 2013 (Photo Credit: nolalocavore.org)

For the third year in a row, June will mark New OrleansEat Local Challenge. Over the course of the month’s 30 days, participants will be challenged to only eat foods that are grown, raised, or caught within a 200 mile radius of the city. The purpose of the annual event, which is organized by the NOLA Locavores, is to educate community members as to the “nutritional, economical, environmental and cultural benefits of eating locally sourced foods.”

Beyond an individual emphasis on eating within the defined geographical region, participants will have the opportunity to attend a variety of seminars and events, as well as to compete in a sponsor-driven scavenger hunt. Planned get-togethers include, but are not limited to, a wine making workshop with Brewstock, hog butchering class with Cleaver and Co. and a blueberry picking excursion. In addition to a focus on food and drink, further learning activities prioritize both household energy and transportation efficiency, including the first annual Urban Farm Bike Tour on Sunday, June 9.

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New Orleanians to Focus on Local and Sustainable Products (Photo Credit: Rusty Costanza/The Times-Picayune)

For $30/participant, you can register for the Eat Local Challenge through Friday, May 31. Each entrant will receive a T-shirt and reusable grocery bag, as well as discounts and coupons to a variety of local farmers’ markets and supporting businesses. You can complete registration online, or by attending the Kick-Off Party on May 31, at the Central Business District’s Rouses Market.

WHEN: Throughout June 2013

ENTRY: $30/person. Please register here.

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