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Week Two of Farm-to-Fork Celebration: Dinners, Festivals, and Drinks Rule Finale Week

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Week Two of Farm-to-Fork Celebration: Dinners, Festivals, and Drinks Rule Finale WeekWith week one of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration behind us, week two promises to be just as exciting and jam-packed with great farm-centric events.

The two-week event is Sacramento’s 2nd annual celebration of locally grown products. Serving also as a nod to our declaration of being America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, it shows how using real products and supporting and building relationships with local farmers, chefs, vintners, and breweries is good for both our community and our tables.

“So far the success of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration and the initiative in Sacramento has been overwhelming,” said Sidney Scheideman, Farm to Fork Public Relations Coordinator. “Food has been grown in this region for a such long time so this is very positive. People are very appreciative of the farm-to-fork initiative—especially the farmers.”

Scheidemann pointed out that the farmers who participated in Friday’s Tractor Parade particularly said they are grateful that Sacramento is acknowledging and respecting the agricultural side of what Sacramento is all about. From festivals to dinners to tours to benefits, she said there’s still so many opportunities in week two to be a part of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration.

Week Two 9/20-9/28:

Farm-to-Fork Restaurants Week 9/13-9/28
Sat, 9/13-Sun, 9/28, throughout Sacramento. Restaurant weeks continue as over 3 dozen restaurants throughout Sacramento participate in this exciting 2-week affair of special farm-to-fork centric menus and events, and opportunities to meet the farmers, winemakers, and brewers who make locally grown food happen. More info and a complete list of participating restaurants at www.farmtofork.com.

Farm to Fork Crayfish Boil
Sun, 9/21, 4pm-7pm @ Ella Dining Room and Bar. Sourcing all local ingredients, Ella Dinning Room and Bar will be hosting their 2nd annual Crayfish Boil with regionally procured crayfish by Kelly’s Crayfish. The meal includes sausage, corn, potatoes, lemon, parsley, and onions, paired with a side of coleslaw and dinner rolls, and finished off with summer peach cobbler with house made ice cream. Wow! According to their website, the atmosphere will be “fun, informal, and festive, with family style seating and serving.” More info at www.elladiningroomandbar.com.

Harvest for Hunger
Thu, 9/25, 5:30pm @ River City Food Bank. The River City Food Bank invites you to celebrate the harvest season with an evening of food trucks, beer, wine, live music by The Brian Lee Bender Band, tours of the food bank, and other activities. A ticket includes one beverage ticket, a tour, and a drawing ticket for a Sac Brew Bike trip for you and 14 friends. Your support helps RCFB to continue feeding and educating over 6,300 Sacramento-area children, families, and seniors they serve monthly. More info at www.rivercityfoodbank.org.

Sacramento Fresh Hops Beer Fest
Fri, 9/26, 6pm (VIP 5pm) @ the California Automobile Museum. The first beer tasting event especially designed for the Farm-to-Fork Celebration weeks will feature craft beer from over 25 of breweries—including a number of beers made exclusively for this week! Guests receive unlimited tasting, a tasting souvenir glass, live music, and access to check out the museum’s 150+ cars on display. Food from Dad’s Kitchen is also available for purchase. More info at www.calautomuseum.org.

Sip Savor Lodi
Fri, 9/26, 6pm, Pine St, Downtown Lodi; Sat, 9/27, 11am, various wineries ; Sun, 9/28, 1pm, Wine & Roses Hotel. “It’s fun how supportive the surrounding regions are as well,” said Scheideman about Lodi’s participation in the celebration. And, boy, do they have a lot planned! This elegant, 3-day event begins on Friday with an evening Harvest Dinner served al fresco and paired, of course, with some of Lodi’s best wines. On Saturday, vintners opens their cellar doors to winery tours that include wine and barrel tastings, food pairings, and live music. Sunday’s Grand Tasting is as grand as it sounds with 40+ Lodi wineries and local food purveyors gathering to offer wine tastings and bites at the beautiful grounds of the Wine & Roses Hotel. More info at sipsavorlodi.com.

Friends on the Farm Dinner
Sat, 9/27, 5pm @ Hood Hops Ranch. What better place to enjoy Farm-to-Fork dining than on a farm? Join Track 7 Brewing and Chef Rob Rossi from Pangaea Bier Cafe at Hood Hops Ranch for a farm-to-fork dinner of Track-7-grain fed, Bledsoe Farms pig with elegant appetizers, sides, and desserts made with local produce and cheeses. A release of rare beers by Track 7, pear cider by Two Rivers Cider, and wine by Revolution Wines will also available. More info at www.facebook.com/Track7Brewing.

Farm-to-Fork Weekend Excursion
Sat, 9/27 – Sun, 9/28, departing from Old Sacramento every hour 11am-5pm. In this last edition of the Summer Excursion Train Rides, the Railroad Museum, California State Parks, and Sprouts come together to host a 45-minute roundtrip train ride along the river and a feast of pears in recognition of the historical relationship of the railroad and agriculture in our region. More information at web.csrmf.org/train-rides.

Farm-to-Fork Festival
Sat, 9/27, 11am-6pm @ Capitol Mall between 3rd-7th. Think of this as the king farm-to-fork events. Designed to showcase everything that happens from the farm to the fork, this free festival that will take over Capitol Mall will feature selections of our region’s best fresh food and drinks, demonstration stages with food demos by local chefs, live music by bands that include Trebuchet and The Family Crest, a plant clinic by UC Davis Master Gardeners, and an expanded selection of food trucks and kid’s activities. Local farms, ranches, restaurants, breweries, and vintners will also be on hand or represented at the festival. This anchor event of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration is a must-go! More info at www.farmtofork.com.

Two sold out events: Feast at the Fort (9/20) and Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner (9/28). The fact that these farm-to-fork dinners are sold out is a testament to the success of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration. Guests of Feast at the Fort will be treated to a “farm-to-fort” meal inside the walls of Sutter’s Fort. The sit-down dinner follows the theme of “cheese” with a menu created some of the city’s best restaurants. The Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner is romantically situated on the Tower Bridge with a bountiful meal prepared by 30 of our region’s top chefs. Serving as the Sacramento Convention and Business Bureau‘s (organizer of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration) finale, this event finishes off the two-week celebration in style.

Hats off to Sacramento for embracing and celebrating the vibrancy of our region’s agricultural heritage!

Week Two of Farm-to-Fork Celebration: Dinners, Festivals, and Drinks Rule Finale Week via @sacramentopress

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Bethany Harris

Bethany joined Sacramento Press in 2013 and enjoys writing articles that uncover the happenings of the city and the people behind the stories who make them so worth telling. A native of Sacramento, she also loves photography, running, gardening, coffee, and discovering new places and new things to do--both in the city and throughout California.

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