Transition Sarasota's Eat Local Week is back—with some key differences from previous years. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 events, which include lectures, Q&As, a cooking challenge, tours and a movie screening, will take place virtually.

The theme of this year's event is "Dare to Grow," and will kick off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, with a keynote talk from Caroline Chomanics, the program manager for Fleet Farming, an urban agriculture nonprofit in Orlando, and the chief operations officer for Ideas for Us, an Orlando environmental action organization.

The following day, at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, March 15, chefs Chris Covelli of Sage and Mark Woodruff of Made will participate in a Chopped-inspired challenge in which the chefs will be presented with boxes of "mystery ingredients" with which they must create a new dish in just 45 minutes.

Other events include a panel discussion about labor standards in agriculture that focuses on the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Sarasota's Fair Foods Standards Council and the Student/Farmworker Alliance. There is also a trivia night, tours of community gardens and Mote's aquaculture facility and much more. Click here for the full calendar.

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