Slow Food Columbia is one of 200+ Slow Food USA chapters, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to support the movement behind GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways in the Midlands and beyond. Our convivium hosts workshops, potlucks and other events throughout the year to celebrate local + seasonal flavors; to showcase the culinary talents of our region's chefs, farmers, + artisan producers; to strengthen connections between members of our local food community; and to educate the public about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Eat Local Mov't Hits S.C. State Fair!

Despite the regular sea of fried dough and mystery meat-on-a-stick vendors, the Slow Food movement is actually in effect at the South Carolina State Fair!

Blanche Weathers, wife of South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) Commissioner Hugh Weathers, gave a great "eat local" cooking demo in the Cantey Building on Friday.

Showing Love to the CSA Box
She focused on describing how she uses the produce in her Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) box from Pinckney's Produce.

(You know, the weekly farmshare box you see at Rosewood Market. Kudos to Pinckney's; like Five Leaves Farm [which is organic -- even bigger kudos!], they're sold out for their Fall 2009 CSA season!)

Weathers had a nice little audience gathered to try her local shrimp and pasta salad. (Tasty!) Nice to see fellow South Carolinians interested in the provenance of what goes into their bellies, no?

What are your favorite "eat local" restaurants, merchants, chefs, farms, etc.? 

Use the comment form below to jot down your short list of Slow Food-ish businesses. We want to hear from you!

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Post author Tracie Broom is a freelance writer/editor and South Carolina native, back in Columbia after 10 years as Food Editor at San Francisco, CA city guide SF Station. She publishes a foodie blog called The Yum Diary and is thrilled to rejoin the Midlands' flourishing progressive community.
(Photos by author.)

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