Eat (and Drink) Local Week


Sharpen your cutlery, shine your silverware, and have your camera on standby for Eat Local Week, September 11-20. All around the Rogue Valley you’ll find food tastings, demos, cooking classes, tours, festivals and more. You can also enter in the Eat Local Week Selfie Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate and a copy of Thrive’s local veggie cookbook.

So basically…you have to eat delicious local food and take photos of yourself doing it for a week. Wow, life is tough.

Personally, we’re most excited about the Salsa Showdown on Saturday the 19th at the Commons. Because…well…it’s a salsa showdown. And it’s right across the street. We hear there’s going to be dancing, demos, and music, too. If beer or wine are more your thing, jump on the Meet the Brewer Happy Hour Tour in Grants Pass, or the Wine and Cheese Pairing at Wooldridge Creek Winery.

Visit the the Buy Local- Buy Rogue website for the full list of events all week, and plan your personal food-lover tour around the valley. You’ll find menu specials at lots of southern Oregon restaurants featuring local ingredients, so eating out is a no-brainer.

Next year, you bet we’ll be joining in the fun with local specials, too. This year, we’ll just have to tour around, eat, drink, and enjoy. Again, life is tough.