by Sallie Poggi
This time of year in Sacramento has quickly become our favorite. With harvest in full swing and the Farm-to-Fork initiative in full effect here in the region, we couldn’t be prouder to be living, working, eating and drinking in America’s Farm to Fork capital!
Because there are so many events and dinners going on this month, we captured some best local events in the round-up below to help you make the most of the festivities..
September 10 – 27
Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks presented by Lexus
A portion of all proceeds made during the two-week event will be donated to the Food Literacy Center. To view participating restaurants and learn more about Restaurant Weeks, visit America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital’s website.
Fruit-to-Root Food Literacy Fair presented by Raley’s
In partnership with America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, Raley’s, the Sacramento Public Library with NeighborWorks and the Food Literacy Center will host the Fruit-to-Root Food Literacy Fair, a free community event inspired by Chef Dan Barber’s best-selling book, “The Third Plate.”
California Craft Brewers Showcase
The California Craft Brewers Association presents the Golden State’s signature beer festival with over 150 brewers pouring their coveted and unique beers in front of the California State Capitol.
Friends on the Farm Dinner presented by Track 7 Brewing Co
Track 7 Brewing Co.’s second annual Friends on the Farm dinner will be on the family farm at Hood Hops Ranch. This is an all-you-can-eat and drink affair with dinner prepared by Oliver Ridgeway of Grange paired with rare Track 7 brews.
Urban Brewery on the Urban Farm presented by New Helvetia Brewing Company
Join New Helvetia Brewing Co. at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Demonstration Garden for an evening of local craft beer, urban farming tips, and food truck cuisine from Cowtown Urban Eatery.
Whole Foods 5% Day
Shop at participating Whole Foods Market locations on September 16 and Whole Foods will donate 5% of the day’s net sales to the Food Literacy Center.
Legends of Wine
Wine-lovers will have the unique opportunity to sample and discover more about some of the region’s most celebrated varietals, as selected by two of Sacramento’s internationally recognized culinary powerhouses – Darrell Corti and David Berkley. Sip a wide array of award-winning wines paired and presented with artisan cheeses and more local delights.
2nd Annual Smoke on the River
The Sacramento Artists Council, Inc. in partnership with The Grid Agency and Dad’s Kitchen are hosting the 2nd Annual Smoke on the River. The event will feature a People’s Choice tasting, live entertainment, and unlimited beer tastings provide by local breweries.
California Brewers Festival Presented by Rotary Club of Point West
Come enjoy a great day of beer tasting from over 65 breweries, delicious food truck delicacies, and live music bands in support local charities. The 2015 festival will benefit WEAVE, Inc.
The Handle District’s Dirt-to-Dish
This year’s event will showcase local food, produce, meats, wines, beer, and entertainment in the heart of Midtown. The event will feature a classic BBQ throwdown between Broderick Roadhouse and Mulvaney’s B&L. Donations will be accepted at the gate to benefit “Plates-2-Go.”
The free festival hosted on the Capitol Mall boasts a selection of Farm-to-Fork offerings that are produced and available in the Sacramento region. Attendees will find food, wine and beer from regional eateries and purveyors, as well as live music, five live cooking demonstration stages, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farms and ranches and more.
California Pear Bridge Dinner Presented by California Pear Advisory Board
This special dinner event is being held simultaneously with the incredibly popular Tower Bridge Gala organized by the America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital program. In the heart of one of the largest pear-growing regions in California, the Pear Bridge Dinner takes place on the small, historically named Dead Horse Island Bridge near the Delta community of Walnut Grove. Third generation owners of Giusti’s Place in Walnut Grove, will prepare the meal using locally-raised meats and other Delta-grown crops such as corn, tomatoes, endive, and, of course, pears. Delta area wines will be served along with local beers and other specialties prepared by select Sacramento Farm-to-Fork restaurant chefs.
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For a comprehensive list of food events in Sacramento, visit the Farm-to-Fork website at http://farmtofork.com/.