Farm-to-Fork Week: Your guide to Sacramento’s food-centric festivities

max powerAfter months of talk that in all honesty probably escaped the casual follower of Sacramento news, Farm-to-Fork Week is upon us and it’s probably not going to escape anybody cruising the Midtown and Downtown areas.

If you’re still wondering what Farm-to-Fork Week is, think of it as a triangulation of local civic, business and agricultural interests all coming together to make Sacramento a state and national leader in the growing conversation about where our food comes from.  The focus is on getting food from local farmers that use best practices onto the plates of local folks.

Of course, it’s more than that.  This is the Sacramento region’s most recent initiative to pull itself out of the decaying framework of being a government town.  If it can be successful in branding itself as more than just the Capitol, or more than just a ‘cow town’ (ironically by promoting itself as a progressive cow town), the local business interests feel like they can diversify the economy and make Sacramento a better destination city.

Sacramento Conventions and Visitors Bureau senior VP Mike Testa told the Sacramento Bee that he believes Sacramento can become the “Farm-to-Fork Capitol of America.”

FOR FOODIES

F2F Restaurant Week (September 20-29) has more special deals from local eateries than any one person could enjoy.  Rather than leave anybody out on this who’s who list of restaurants, you can check it out for yourself.

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EVENTS

The week kicks off with a cattle drive across the Tower Bridge on Monday at 10 a.m.  50 longhorn steers are going to start in West Sacramento and march across the bridge and into Capitol Mall toward the Capitol.  After all, if you’re going to be known as a ‘cow town’ you might as well go all the way, right?  The hope for organizers is to highlight that F2F is not just about produce but also about the protein we consume.  Expect light crowds and a you-don’t-see-that-everyday feel to the event, and if you’re driving in the area that morning you’ll want to find an alternative route.

For wine lovers the Legends of Wine event on Thursday, September 26 is a can’t miss affair.  Straight from the F2F website:

Darrell Corti, who was recognized by Saveur magazine as the man “Who knows more about food and wine than anyone else in the world,” and David Berkley, once recognized as “the man behind the White House wine list,” will host an evening of great wines and cheeses during Sacramento inaugural Farm-to-Fork Week

The tasting isn’t cheap at $50 per adult, it will be a rare chance to rub elbows with movers, shakers and every day folks in a vibrant setting — the West Steps of the Capitol Building.  Festival-HP

On September 27 and 28 the Capitol Chef’s Association is hosting a Culinary Salon in which local culinary students and professionals will compete making various dishes.  This doesn’t appear to be a made-for-public event, but for culinary students or professionals a chance to show their stuff.

The Farm-to-Fork Tower Bridge dinner on Sunday, September 29 is the final event, and even with space for 600 people tickets sold out within hours back on July 1.  Don’t even think about the waiting list.  With 125 names that is closed up, too.  Don’t fret, though, Blair Anthony Robertson of the Bee put together a handful of alternatives for that night (and others) including Broderick Roadhouse, Dawson’s and Maranello.

Finally, if you’re really fired up about F2F Week or you simply miss these events, this is the all-encompassing list of things to do around town.

And while you’re out on the town, go ahead and submit your pics to our Tumblr page and we’ll put the best ones up on the website.

 

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