Tour de food festivals

illustration by Mark stivers

This week, Sacramento hosts a tamale festival, a burger battle and a harvest festival. Even better, they’re all a few days apart, so you can turn it into a three-day foodie tour. Here’s your itinerary:

Stop 1: 102.5 KSFM’s Tamales Festival. This event features a variety of tamales representing different regions of Mexico, chef demonstrations, drinks and a tamale-eating contest. It’s on Sunday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Plaza (910 I Street). Tickets are $5.

Stop 2: Sacramento Burger Battle. The inaugural battle will serve up burgers, beer and wine tasting. It will also crown the Best Burger in Sacramento. It happens on Tuesday, September 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Raley Field (400 Ballpark Drive in West Sacramento). Tickets are $55.

Stop 3: Native Harvest Festival. Celebrate the fall harvest with Native American-inspired dishes such as buffalo chili, potato cakes and chocolate-corn tamales. It’s on Friday, September 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 24K Chocolat Cafe and Theater (inside Ancient Future at 2331 K Street). Tickets need to be purchased in advance and are $30.