Raleigh's once-a-month summer celebration of local food + community


 Join us on the Second Saturday of every month this summer.

We'll be hosting showcases, community events, cooking and gardening workshops, mornings of volunteering, idea generating sessions, local food specials, and much more.  

Giving you - the Raleigh community - plenty of opportunities to engage and support your local food system.




Each month we celebrate local businesses and organizations
doing great food, nutrition, garden, and urban ag work
by collecting and promoting a full list of events all over town all day.

+ We highlight a special way you can celebrate seasonal and local food!

MAY 12 . Strawberries + Beets

JUNE 9 . Blueberries + Honey

JULY 14 . Blackberries + Corn

AUGUST 11 . Tomatoes + Watermelon

SEPTEMBER 8 . Apples + Squash

November 10 . Event Host Thank You Party!


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Second Saturday exists to build awareness and support for Raleigh’s local food system. We work alongside the Raleigh Food Corridor, a  community project connecting people, ideas and resources, to build a better food system for all. Second Saturday helps build that
vision each month by bringing new people in, building new projects, and celebrating what’s been accomplished.

Our goal is to empower members of the community to become advocates for a more just and equitable food system.


Want to host a Second Saturday event?

Contact us at secondsaturdayraleigh@gmail.com if you would like to be involved. Almost anything celebrating local food and community goes. Basic event guidelines are below.


Guidelines for Second Saturday Events + Programs

We'd love to have you involved -- below are a few guidelines to help you make plans. 

1. Create an event that is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the local food system and foodshed. Make local food your centerpiece whether its growing, cooking, eating, selling, or composting.  If you are a chef or restaurant feature the month's ingredient on your menu and be sure to highlight your source/producer/farmer.  

2. Your event or program should be designed to give back in some way. It may support local charities, offer small farmers a chance to sell, educate people about food, community wellness and making smart health choices or it may work to bring awareness to issues of community diversity. Your event may bring volunteers to worthy causes like supporting urban farms, community gardens, or building your own guerilla garden.

3. Your event should include a new community connection. You could decide to partner with another organization or business or faith community. You could decide to reach out to a group of people you don’t interact with often (youth? elders?). Or you could just team up with a neighbor. Whatever it is, community is about connections!

4. Your event should be measurable. It doesn’t matter what you measure: maybe number of people participating, dollars donated, or amount of food cooked. Maybe you measure the number of new conversations, the number of food questions asked, or the number of high-fives given!

Use your imagination and you’ll make something great!  To be included on Second Saturday materials send us:

  • Name of Event + Location + Event time
  • 2-3 sentence promotion description + any related graphics
  • 1-2 sentence response on how your event supports local food and builds community

Send info and questions to secondsaturdayraleigh@gmail.com