Foodie festivals

illustration by mark stivers

If you didn’t already think Sacramento was a foodie destination, this weekend alone should convince you otherwise. Food lovers will be treated to a buffet of events, namely: California’s Grape & Gourmet at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Boulevard), the Sacramento Banana Festival at William Land Park (1401 Sutterville Road), and Eat Local Sacramento, a seasonal tasting fair held at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (1900 Alhambra Boulevard). To help you decide which one (or more) you want to attend, here’s the skinny: Saturday’s Grape & Gourmet ( will offer tastings of some of California’s best wines, plus a large selection of craft brews and gourmet local food. The Sacramento Banana Festival (—which is sponsored by the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum and happens Saturday and Sunday—features a diverse array of community entertainers, a health-and-wellness fair, and, of course, tons of bananas and banana-flavored foods. Saturday’s Eat Local Sacramento event ( highlights local food growers, artisans and distributors.