Harvest Dinner Returns in 2021

A mix of old and new, this year’s Eat Local Month returns to form with an in-person dinner, along with a month long local food campaign!

Local First is pleased to announce that beloved fall feast, the Harvest Dinner, will return in-person this September 2021. Community members are invited to join our hard-working restaurant and agricultural businesses for a delicious feast made from locally-sourced ingredients. For all those who missed the beautiful flowers, shimmering glasses, and chatter of 150 local foodies gathered together under twinkling lights, this is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends new and old while enjoying the best of Durango’s local food. The Harvest Dinner will take place on Saturday, September 25th on the Smiley Lawn.

“Local First’s Harvest Dinner has always been a beautiful opportunity to showcase locally grown food through the eyes of a chef,” says Regan Briggs, Culinary Director and Chef at the Ore House. “We see the full circle of purchasing and supporting local farms and how it creates important economic opportunities, provides immense health benefits, and helps reduce the environmental impact, all while bringing the community together around the table to create lasting memories.”

After a challenging year and a half for our food businesses Local First is grateful for the opportunity to showcase the hard work and phenomenal talent of local restaurateurs and farmers at this delicious event.

“It’s the one night a year when you get the opportunity to hang out with all the chefs in the area, it’s a blast!” says Briggs.

In addition to Harvest Dinner, Local First will be using the month of September to spotlight local restaurants who are supporting the region’s agricultural producers. Each week, there will be a select number of “spotlight specials” from restaurants in Durango. Patrons will have the opportunity to share that they ordered the spotlight special and will be entered to win a free ticket to the Harvest Dinner.

Foodies, friends, and localists can get their tickets for the Harvest Dinner for $125, which includes taxes, gratuities, tasty morsels, hand-crafted cocktails, and hand-selected wines. Tickets are on sale now. Quantities are limited and will sell fast, so event hopefuls are encouraged to purchase tickets early online at local-first.org/eatlocalmonth.

All proceeds benefit local farmers, restaurants, and Local First’s efforts to promote local food purchasing through the local, independent business community. This event is made possible with the support of Alpine Bank, the Smiley Building, In the Weeds, and the City of Durango—through the Community Support Funding award, as well as the passionate group of restaurateurs, farmers, local food supporters and volunteers.

Founded in 2007, Local First is a non-profit organization that supports local, independent businesses as they work together to build an economy that values people, the planet, and prosperity for everyone.

For all media inquiries, please contact Emily Bell, 970.799.6618×1, director@local-first.org



WHEN: Friday, September 25 at 5pm

WHERE: Smiley Building Lawn

HOW MUCH: $125 per ticket. Includes five-course meal, alcoholic beverage, taxes and gratuities.

WHY: After a challenging year and a half for our food businesses we are grateful for the opportunity to showcase their hard work and phenomenal talent at this delicious event. Come join us!