It’s Easy to Eat Local in Charleston

Charleston has secured her spot firmly on the foodie map. We have award-winning chefs and restaurants, access to local seafood and plenty of farmers markets. Eating local in Charleston has never been easier.

The food scene – just like the history and beaches – is becoming a major tourism draw for our city. One aspect of our culinary culture visitors might not realize is just how locally sourced many of those delectable dishes are.

Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square

Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square

Many chefs buy from local farmers and get their seafood right off the boat not from the freezer. It’s been an exciting transformation in recent years to see just how local chefs can go. So we’re happy to work with Lowcountry Local First in promoting Eat Local Month. Throughout the month of April Lowcountry Local First is challenging consumers to set some local goals – buying 10% more local food, eating at restaurants that use local food or learning to grow some of your own vegetables.

Check out this list of Charleston area restaurants joining in the challenge by offering at least one locally sourced dish this month (many do much more). Those dishes must consist of 75% local sources within a 220-mile radius. Plus, Lowcountry Local First is offering some events this month to highlight eating local. Check out their calendar.

Grow Food Carolina, a local food warehouse working with farmers and restaurants, also has a great list of restaurants committed to using local foods.

Let’s hear about how you’re eating local in Charleston. On Twitter and Instagram use #eatlocalchs or share with us on our Facebook page (we love seeing yummy food photos!).

Also, stop by our calendar of events for a list of local farmers markets – another great way to shop and eat locally.