Where We Came From


Three years ago, Michael Summers started the Clemson Food Summit with the idea that bringing good people together over good food would be a recipe for success in generating conversations and solutions for issues across the food continuum.

Since then, we’ve grown a lot, and have expanded to more than just a one-day event each year. Join us at a pop-up event to learn about a local producer and sample their goods, come to an immersion dinner to gain a more in-depth look at larger issues related to food justice and food equity, and don’t miss our main event each spring- the Food Summit, which brings speakers from across the region, interactive exhibits, and of course, incredible food together to provide a platform for food-based solutions.

Our Mission

Our mission is to educate and elevate campus conversations relating to food--including food systems, agriculture, health and wellness, diet, nutrition, culinary arts, policy, and cultural institutions.



We would love to partner with your organization, farm, restaurant, or group to create meaningful discussions over food, and help generate ideas for impactful ways for you to get involved. The fun thing about food is that everyone needs it, and everyone can be involved with it. We want to hear your food story!

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Contact us at clemsonfoodsummit@gmail.com