Sacramento's gearing up for Farm-to-Fork week, happening on Friday, September 20, through Sunday, September 29 (see “Rich dinner, poor dinner” by Alastair Bland, SN&R Feature Story, page 16). It's the first one, so there's no way of knowing what, exactly, we're in for. But one thing's for sure: There will be many related events, a bunch of restaurants will offer specials and bottles of all sorts will be popped. Check out SN&R's guide to the Farm-to-Fork happenings below. Afterward, if you've still got the appetite, check out five more food-related events over to the right side of this page representing a different aspect of Sacramento's food culture.
The events: Farm-to-Fork week's headlining event, aside from a sold-out dinner on Tower Bridge, is the Farm-to-Fork Festival. It takes place on Saturday, September 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Third and Seventh streets on Capitol Mall. The free festival will offer food demos, educational displays, live music, live animals, beer, wine and food trucks. Other associated events include farming demonstrations, special feasts, train rides, block parties, a cattle drive and culinary tours. There's not enough room here to list them all, so head to www.farmtoforkcapital.com for the whole lineup.
The specials: In addition to numerous Sacramento eateries (including Frank Fat's, River City Brewing Company and The Firehouse Restaurant) offering prix fixe meals, restaurants in a bunch of surrounding cities will be offering dining specials. Head to Elk Grove, Roseville, Folsom, Carmichael and Fair Oaks to taste what's on their menus.
The drinks: Gorging on delicious food is always better with a bottle of wine or beer. And this week, there's the 19th annual California Brewers Festival at Discovery Park on Saturday, September 21 (1600 Garden Highway); the Harvest Party at Revolution Wines, also on September 21 (2831 S Street); the Grape to Glass tour at the Old Sugar Mill on Sunday, September 22 (35265 Willow Avenue in Clarksburg); and Ruhstaller beer's 132nd anniversary party on Tuesday, September 24 (at the corner of Kilwell Road and Olmo Lane in Davis.)
To make the week as bacchic as possible, visit the Farm-to-Fork website for a complete list of drink-related events.