celebrating Raleigh’s food system


 Join us for Second Saturday.

For over 5 years, we’ve been celebrating food and community here in Raleigh.

Our event partners have hosted showcases, community events, cooking and gardening workshops, mornings of volunteering, idea generating sessions, local food specials, and many opportunities for Raleigh to get their hands dirty and dig into the local food system. Our partners host wonderful events throughout the month and our mission has always been to highlight their work.

This year, we are listing our favorite local food events on any day of the week so you can plug into to Raleigh’s local food system whenever and wherever you can.

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And on each Second Saturday

This year, we’re going back to basics.

We’ll gather to eat and chat about issues critical to our local food system. Coming together to learn, listen and share ideas with our neighbors we’ll be working each month as we meet to create a stronger Raleigh food system and community built on food.

We are graciously hosted in these events at Transfer Company Food Hall.

FarmHER . Women and the Future of Farming

food security

topic to be announced


Want to list your event on Second Saturday’s calendar?

Contact us at
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