Greater Sarasota’s sixth annual Eat Local Week set for Oct. 22-30

Award-winning author and director Douglas Gayeton to be the keynote speaker

Image from the Transition Sarasota website
Image from the Transition Sarasota website

The dates for greater Sarasota’s sixth annual Eat Local Week, “a popular celebration of the best of local food and farming in Sarasota and Manatee counties,” have been confirmed as Saturday, Oct. 22, through Sunday, Oct 30, organizers have announced.

“Each year, dozens of organizations, led by Transition Sarasota (, come together to offer dozens of events, including farm and garden tours, farm-to-fork dinners, ‘reskilling’ workshops, educational programs, community discussions, and hands-on activities,” a news release explains. In keeping with this year’s theme of Food Changes Everything, the events will focus on exploring interconnections between food and topics such as health, the natural environment, art and culture, social justice and the economy, the release adds.

Several of the activities will feature keynote speaker Douglas Gayeton, an award-winning information architect, filmmaker, photographer and writer who is co-founder of The Lexicon of Sustainability (, the release adds. The Lexicon “seeks to advance the conversation about America’s rapidly-evolving food culture by illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture,” the release says. Gayeton is also the director of the PBS animated short-film series Know Your Food and author of Local: The New Face of Food & Farming in America.

For more information about this year’s festivities, visit, “like” Greater Sarasota’s Eat Local Week on Facebook and follow the hashtag #localweeksrq on Twitter, the release notes.