Farm-to-Fork Gains Regional Momentum with 2nd Annual Celebration

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October 2, 2014

Farm-to-Fork Gains Regional Momentum with 2nd Annual Celebration
Record Attendance Proves the Farm-to-Fork Initiative is Blooming in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA – Out of the many events produced across the region, the 2nd Annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration showcased four celebratory events produced by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB). The three main events posted record attendance numbers, beginning with the Farm-to-Fork Legends of Wine and ending with the sold out and much anticipated Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner.

Farm-to-Fork Tractor Parade
September 12, 2014
Nearly 40 tractors from throughout the Sacramento region paraded over Sacramento’s iconic Tower Bridge and down Capitol Mall, creating a visual masterpiece for viewers standing by for the show. Approximately 1,000-2,000 citizens of the region caught a glance of the incredible machinery that has contributed to Sacramento’s notable agricultural history. Ranging from the World War II era all the way to the current day, the tractors kicked-off the Farm-to-Fork Celebration with a never before seen visual in the heart of Sacramento.

Legends of Wine
September 18, 2014
This event that spotlights wine and cheese sold out in just its second year. The wine tasting on the West Steps of the Capitol included local culinary legends Darrell Corti and David Berkley who hand-selected each wine poured for event attendees. Comprised of 35 regional wineries and an assortment of local cheese vendors and a local Gelateria, Legends of Wine grew to over double its attendance from last year’s event. Nearly 800 people took part in the beautiful event, which was bookended by the State Capitol and the Tower Bridge and lit by the dim light of the sunset.

Farm-to-Fork Festival
September 27, 2014
Between 30,000-35,000 people gathered for the free Farm-to-Fork Festival on Saturday, September 27 to enjoy a fun-filled day of celebrating all things local. With five entertainment and demonstration stages, live music, a live educational animal experience, dozens of food vendors, local farmers and ranchers, an assortment of local craft beers and wine, and much more, the Farm-to-Fork Festival proved to be bigger and better than before, also in just its second year.

Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner on the Tower Bridge
September 28, 2014
The Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner on the Tower Bridge served as the finale of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration. After tickets sold out in less than five minutes, the gala dinner proved to be nothing short of spectacular. Serving approximately 740 guests, regional, participating chefs outdid themselves with the delicious seven-course, family-style meal. In addition to local attendees, the event was attended by 30 Mayors from across the United States who were in Sacramento to take part in the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Overseen by Chef Jason Poole of Dawson’s at the Hyatt Regency and Brian Mizner of Hook & Ladder, the dinner appeared flawless and well organized with immaculate service by servers from dozens of regional restaurants. Dinner culminated on the riverfront promenade of Embassy Suites with desserts prepared by regional culinary artists. Proceeds of the event go directly to fund the free Farm-to-Fork Festival that was hosted the day before, along with the other events organized by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau.

About America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital
Sacramento is the capital city to the largest producing state of agriculture in the nation. Locally, 70 percent of the region’s land is agricultural, forest or other open space. The region also contains more than 1.4 million acres of active farmland and more than 40 regional farmers markets—including one of the largest Certified Farmers Markets in California. Diners across the country enjoy meals containing ingredients produced in the Sacramento region. Led by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, the farm-to-fork initiative is a year-round endeavor and collaborative process with the area’s farmers and growers, chefs and restaurants, regional elected officials, and the people and organizations who are dedicated to the region’s collective food system. More information can be found at farmtofork.com

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