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Slow Food Charleston

Our Mission

Slow Food Charleston strives to be an active player in the agriculture and ecology of our local and global community. Our movement is founded upon the concept of eco-gastronomy – recognition of the strong connections between plate and planet.

We seek to move our culture away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and towards the cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, and the pleasures of the table. We consider ourselves co-producers because by being informed about how our food is produced and actively supporting those who produce it, we become a partner in, and part of the production process.

Slow Food is good, clean and fair food. We believe that the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.

What We Do Locally

  • We plan educational and convivial events of eating, drinking, and socializing, where we claim the joys of the convivial table.
  • We recognize and promote food producers, artisans, purveyors, chefs and restauranteurs who contribute meaningfully to the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of the food system that feeds us.
  • We support other like-minded organizations working towards a good, clean, and fair food system by partnering, promoting, volunteering and donating.

We are a local chapter of the larger Slow Food USA organization. We are a member- supported, volunteer-run, non-profit organization.


Slow Food Charleston Blog
Slow Food USA
Children’s Garden Project

Lowcountry Local First

Yo Art Project

Southern Foodways Alliance

Time for Lunch Campaign

Louie’s Kids

Carolina Farm Stewards

Weston A. Price Foundation