Free Farm to Fork Festival September 28th
The free festival - the largest zero-waste event in the country - will feature a diverse and exciting selection of farm-to-fork offerings that are available in the Sacramento region. From local chefs, farmers and other food producers to food trucks, animal displays, a kids' zone and live music provided by Elvin Bishop, festival attendees can expect to learn more about the food we eat -- from its source to the plate. In addition, the special farm-to-fork activities will be accompanied by lively food demonstrations, entertaining music, a beer garden and a wine pavilion.
Festival attendees will enjoy a variety of food demonstrations which will run throughout the day. Events will include an entertaining sushi demonstration from the California Rice Commission, an interesting pulled mozzarella demonstration by Mulvaney's B&L and a lively Fresh Producers cooking competition with high school students. Other presenters include Lucca Restaurant and Bar, Ettore's, Taylor's Market and a demonstration by the winner of the Capay tomato festival.
Save Mart, Raley's and Nugget Markets will all be at the free festival showcasing innovative ways in which they incorporate locally grown fare in their stores.
Intriguing presentations will be offered by farmers and ranchers such as from Full Belly Farms, Capay Organics, California Farm Academy, California Endive, Passmore Ranch and the Winters Chamber of Commerce.
Beer, Wine and Food Trucks
Local beers will be featured in the beer garden, including several Sacramento brewers - such as Ruhstaller, Track 7, New Helvetia Brewing Co., Loomis Basin Brewing Co. and more -- complemented by regional brewers, too. Regional wines will be showcased at the festival, and a wine pavilion will educate visitors on the winemaking process and what Sacramento and the surrounding regions have to offer. In addition, food from many of Sacramento's food trucks will be available at the festival, each with a specially-created menu focusing on local ingredients.
Zero Waste Event
At the free festival, Save Mart Supermarkets will be giving away two tons of compost to interested local school and community gardens. Save Mart plans to deliver and dump one ton of compost upon request to two documented school or community-serving gardens. Those interested are encouraged to stop by the Save Mart booth to enter for a chance to win. Note there are no restrictions on the number of entries per garden so this is a perfect opportunity to organize efforts and motivate supporters to increase the chances of winning. The drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Save Mart Booth. Organizations do not need to be present to win and Save Mart will contact the winning organization after the event.
Additionally, Atlas Disposal is ensuring the event is zero-waste in keeping with the spirit of the Farm-to-Fork movement and Sacramento's goal to promote environmentally-friendly practices.
A few other farm-to-fork related activities include: Chipotle Mexican Grill will be on-site to showcase the way it sources many of its ingredients from local farmers, Caterpillar will bring two large tractors and many local farmers, 4H and the California Department of Food and Agriculture will have informational booths and demonstrations.
Where to Park and Where to Stay
In addition to metered street parking, the City of Sacramento owns and operates multiple parking garages and lots within walking distance of the festival. Public transportation is also available, with light rail and bus stops near the festival site. In addition, a number of local hotels are offering overnight Farm-to-Fork specials and deals; more information is available at http://stayinsacramento.org/sacramento-farm-to-fork-week/
The Farm-to-Fork Capital of America movement is proudly presented by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, the City of Sacramento and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. The week-long culinary celebration could not be possible without a motivated and involved food and wine community along with generous business partners such as SaveMart, Chipotle, Kaiser Permanente, Arden Hills, California Restaurant Association Sacramento Chapter, UC Davis, Jiffy Lube, ReFuel by Atlas Disposal, Bank of America, American Culinary Federation, California Foundation of Agriculture in the Classroom, California Pears, Caterpillar - Holt of California, Clean Cities Sacramento, Comstock's Magazine, Farm Appetit, General Produce, Institute of Technology, International Greenhouse Co., Leverage Buying Group, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Petaluma Poultry, Produce Express, Sacramento Bee, Sacramento International Airport, Sacramento Magazine, SacTown Magazine and Sysco.
For more information about Sacramento's inaugural Farm-to-Fork Capital of America effort, visit www.farmtoforkcapital.com or call 916-808-5978.
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