Even food carts are getting into the local sourcing craze. A Food Cart Rally is a highlight on the lineup for this year's Local Foods Week, an annual celebration thrown by nonprofit educational group Local Matters to spotlight food grown in Ohio.

Even food carts are getting into the local sourcing craze. A Food Cart Rally is a highlight on the lineup for this year's Local Foods Week, an annual celebration thrown by nonprofit educational group Local Matters to spotlight food grown in Ohio.

All of the carts participating in Sunday's rally incorporate locally grown ingredients in some capacity, said Todd Mills, marketing director for Local Matters.

Local Matters occasionally works with food carts and restaurants to help them get access to locally grown ingredients, Mills said. He usually points them to The Greener Grocer at the North Market, where they can pick up local produce at near-wholesale costs.

The rally will serve as the debut for a few new carts, and beers from Columbus Brewing Company and Barley's will be on tap. The group has been selling tickets to the Eartha Limited event in an effort to avoid the huge crowds that showed up for last month's Columbus Food Truck and Cart Fest.

"We'll cap it at just over 1,000 people to avoid long lines and make sure everyone gets food," Mills said.

Friday, Sept. 30

Local Foods Week Happy Hour, 5-8 p.m.: Bars and restaurants around town will serve local brews, wines and liquors, and offer food specials

Saturday, Oct. 1

Grilled Cheese Throwdown, 4-7 p.m. at Poplar Park in the Short North: Talented amateurs will compete against chefs from Skillet, Latitude 41, the Jury Room and Cameron's American Bistro to make grilled cheese sandwiches using local breads, cheeses and toppings. $5.

"Yummy! Art Show" opening, 7-11 p.m. at Brothers Drake Meadery: The newest Couchfire Collective exhibition explores eating, drinking and everything related to food.

Sunday, Oct. 2

Food Cart Rally, 4-8 p.m. at Eartha Limited: Sample food from Pitabilities, Paddy Wagon, Hot Pita, Tatoheads, Bubbles & Squeaks, New York Dogs, Spinelli's Deli, Kolache Republic and Southern BBQ. $5 tickets includes one drink ticket.

Monday, Oct. 3

Food forum on urban farming, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Wexner Center: Urban growers from across Central Ohio will speak at this special edition of Local Matters' monthly Central Ohio Food Forum.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Movie Night, 7-9 p.m. at the Drexel: "Fresh!," a documentary about urban and sustainable farming, will be screened. $7.

Local Food Tours with Columbus Food Adventures: Tours leave at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and will include stops at Skillet, Harvest Pizzeria, Market 65, Latitude 41 and Knead. $60.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Hungry Planet presentation, 6-9 p.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory: As part the Hungry Planet lecture series, Local Matters Executive Director Michael Jones will speak about the organization's work and offer a cooking demonstration.

Thursday, Oct. 6

Local Drink Tasting, 6-9 p.m. at House Wine: Sample Rockmill Brewery beers, Brothers Drake mead and more Ohio spirits. $15.

Speak Easy, 7-9 p.m. at Wild Goose Creative: The theme is "Ohio Grown" at this month's storytelling event. $5.

Fall Family Fun Dinner with Jeni, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Hills Market: Jeni Britton Bauer will serve her Pumpkin Tiramisu Parfait after guests enjoy a buffet of Hills Market foods. $10 for adults, $5 for kids

Friday, Oct. 7

Harvest Dinner, 6-9 p.m. at the Grange Audubon Center: Two Caterers will prepare a five-course local dinner prior to the Harvest Ball. $100 for dinner and ball.

Harvest Ball, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. at the Grange Audubon Center: Music from Mojoflo, a s'more station and a dessert bar. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Saturday, Oct. 8

Market to Market Ride: Zombies vs. Pirates Edition, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.: This time around there's a theme: Dress like a pirate or a zombie and bike from the North Market to The Hills Market, or vice-versa.