December might seem like a strange time to host Eat Local Week, but Edible Austin publisher Marla Camp says late fall is actually one of Texas' most bountiful seasons. For the third year, Edible Austin is hosting a week full of activities to bring together farmers, chefs, cooks and people who love seasonal food. All the money raised goes to Urban Roots, a program that uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of area teens and helps increase access to locally raised food. Urban Roots participants help grow more than 22,000 pounds of food, 40 percent of which they donate to people in need and the other 60 percent they sell at local farmers' markets. Here is a rundown of the events. Details and tickets can be found at www.bit.ly/eatlocalweek .
• BookPeople is hosting a launch party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday that will feature food, drinks and Ana Sofia Joanes , director/producer of the documentary "Fresh."
• On Saturday, the downtown farmers' market will host the official kick-off event, complete with a 24-carrot salute and other free activities. The market is one of three starting places for the Urban Farm Bicycle Tour ($25 for individuals, $45 for families), which will hit a handful of local farms and community and school gardens. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday is the Edible Austin Tea Festival at Zhi Tea Gallery, 4607 Bolm Road. Taste teas from local tea purveyors for free and enjoy food from Ecstatic Cuisine for $10 a plate. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, catch a special screening of "Fresh" at the Paramount Theatre, and stick around for a Q&A with the movie's director and Joel Salatin, the farmer activist of Polyface Farms featured in Michael Pollan's "Omnivore's Dilemma." (Tickets start at $15, and the $100 tickets include a pre-screening reception with Joanes and Salatin, food from local restaurants and drinks.)
• On Sunday, Owl Tree Roasting is hosting the Drink Local Coffee Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and TipsyTexan.com is hosting the Drink Local Contest at the Palm Door from 6 to 9 p.m., pitting local bartenders against each other to create the best drink from Texas spirits and ingredients.
• "Julie and Julia" author and Austin native Julie Powell will be on hand for dinner and a screening of the movie inspired by her book at the Alamo Drafthouse at 7 p.m. on Monday ($75).
• From 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the Austin Museum of Art hosts a Gulf Coast Sampler featuring a panel on regional seafood traditions ($15), and from 5 to 10 p.m. skate at Whole Foods Market downtown for $10 and enjoy samples of local food and wine.
• Create a custom holiday gift basket from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at City Hall at the Local Holiday Gift Fair, which will feature members of Better Bites Austin, a coalition of local food artisans.
• From 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10, browse food-themed art at the Wally Workman Gallery while sipping cocktails and eating. A portion of the art sales will go to Urban Roots.
• Whip In Parlour Cafe and Market is hosting the Meet Your Local Brewers Happy Hour from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11; you can sample local beers and listen to music from James McMurtry and others. ($20, which includes six beers)
• Cheer on local media celebrities at 10 a.m. at the downtown farmers' market Dec. 12, during a cookoff between Kate Weidaw of KXAN and Bryan Beck of KGSR.