New Details Announced for 2016 Farm-to-Fork CelebrationWhile the Sacramento region showcases its incredible fresh food and agriculture 365 days a year, there’s no better time to get a taste than during September’s annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration. Now approaching its fourth year, the Celebration has grown to include new features and enhancements designed to further demonstrate the region’s Farm-to-Fork prowess.
Farm-to-Fork Celebration activities will now span the entire month of September, ranging from farm tours to street festivals. The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB), which oversees the Farm-to-Fork Program, will continue to host a series of hallmark events throughout the month, and organizations across the region will also hold festivities of their own. A full listing of Farm-to-Fork celebration events will be available in the coming weeks at farmtofork.com.
The Farm-Fresh Food Drive (Sept. 7) – The Farm-to-Fork Program will once again team up with the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services to host a fresh produce food drive at the Food Bank’s cold storage facility to officially kick off the 2016 Celebration; last years’ drive became 142,000 meals that fed 16,000 people for three days. The organizations will work with area farms and grocers to gather fresh, local produce to then be distributed to regional food bank clients. Members of the community are also invited to donate from their own home gardens and orchards. After raising a Guinness World Record-setting 170,923 lbs. in 2015, Farm-to-Fork will aim to beat the record and Guinness will again be on-hand to adjudicate.
Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks Presented by Raley’s (Sept. 8-Sept. 25) – Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks returns in 2016, with eateries across the greater Sacramento region offering seasonal Farm-to-Fork menus in honor of America’s Farm-to-Fork Capitol. The events are produced by the California Restaurant Association, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Food Literacy Center.
Farm-to-Fork Legends of Wine Presented by Cadillac (Sept. 16) – The season’s premier wine tasting evening will return to the State Capitol, this year on Friday night for the first time. National wine experts Darrell Corti and David Berkley will select wineries from across the region to pour on the Capitol’s West Steps, alongside area eateries like Hook & Ladder serving delicious bites. Tickets are on sale now at www.farmtofork.com/events/legends-of-wine.
Farm Tank (Sept. 22-23) – The SCVB has partnered with leading food non-profit Food Tank to bring a new, West Coast version of its popular East Coast conference series to Sacramento this September. The annual “Farm Tank” Conference will be a first-of-its kind event that features more than 70 food and agriculture experts from across the country and the Sacramento region. In addition to speakers’ panels, Farm Tank will include a day of hands-on learning excursions to regional farms, distribution centers, restaurants and other related sites to highlight the greater Sacramento area’s key role in the country’s food system. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.
Farm-to-Fork Festival (Sept. 24) – The country’s most-anticipated fresh-food party will be back on Sacramento’s Capital Mall, bigger and better than ever. After more than 50,000 people attended the Festival in 2015, the SCVB will expand the event by an additional two city blocks, allowing more room for attendees to explore and additional exhibit space. Attendees will find more than a mile of booths from area farms, ranches, restaurants and more, along with beer and wine gardens, larger chef demo stages and more. National celebrity chef Rick Moonen will be amongst the culinary experts to hit the live demo stages, and musical acts will also perform throughout the afternoon. The event remains admission free, with proceeds from Tower Bridge ticket sales going directly to fund the expanded Festival.
Farm-to-Fork Gala (Sept. 25) – The month-long Celebration will conclude on Sacramento’s iconic Tower Bridge when close to 800 diners enjoy a one-of-a-kind culinary experience created by the region’s top farmers and chefs. In its fourth year, this fundraising dinner will focus on the unique collaborative nature between the region’s farmers and chefs, with teams working together to create a five-course meal. Adding to the local culinary team is Chef Rick Moonen, who will be partnering with regional farmers to create a course. Beyond the main dishes, top area restaurants and bakeries will also provide a diverse list of passed appetizers and dessert options. Details on the lead culinary team can be found at farmtofork.com.
Hungry yet? These events only offer a sample of the exciting festivities being planned for the Farm-to-Fork Celebration. To learn more about what’s to come, keep checking back to the farmtofork.com as more regional events are added.