Beyond the Table – Exploring America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital
While the idea of farm-to-fork may be nothing more than a slogan in some cities, for Sacramento, fresh food is a way of life. The city is surrounded by more than 1.5 million acres of farmland, and top chefs are flocking to the region to take advantage of this year-round bounty. From sushi to pizza, from elegant bistros to packed burger joints, there’s always a fresh and delicious option to try.
Beyond our diverse dining scene, there are plenty of ways to explore the tastes of the region.
The 5th Annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration, September 1-30, 2017 – In its fifth year, this annual Celebration includes farm tours, special dinners, street festivals and much more. Activities will be happening across the region all throughout the month. Some of the planned events will include:
- Legends of Wine, Sept. 15 – Celebrating the region’s wine production, local legends Darrell Corti and David Berkley hand-pick their favorite varietals for a celebration on the West Steps of the Capitol.
- The Farm-to-Fork Festival, Sept. 23 – The Farm-to-Fork Festival will return to Capitol Mall showcasing the farms, food, drinks and so much more that make Sacramento America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Now one of the state’s largest one-day food events, the free festival attracted more than 55,000 people in 2016.
- The Tower Bridge Dinner, Sept. 24 – Visit Sacramento will again host a one-of-a-kind dining experience on the Tower Bridge that highlights the farmers and chefs that help to define our region. The dinner continues to serve as a crucial fundraiser for the free Farm-to-Fork Festival.
- Once the “beer capital of the West”, Sacramento’s craft beer scene has reemerged with more than 50 regional craft breweries to explore. From a Brew Bike and bus tours of downtown pubs, to a passport program that offers free brew-goodies, the city is packed with options for beer fans.
- The Sacramento region is home to more than 40 farmers markets, many of them year-round fixtures. Visitors can get a taste of local foods while enjoying music, food trucks, kids’ activities and more.
- The Midtown Farmers Market: Seasonal offerings and much more in a lively, urban neighborhood setting. Year round, rain or shine on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 20th St. between J &K in Midtown Sacramento.
- Sacramento Central Certified Farmers Market: The largest California Certified Farmers Market in the state can be found year-round on Sundays from 8 a.m.-noon at 8th & W Streets under Highway 50/80 in downtown Sacramento.
For those looking for the next great wine region, Sacramento may be the best-kept secret. The Sacramento region and surrounding counties are home to more than 200 wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms, and most are within an hour’s drive or less from downtown.
- Sacramento’s new Golden 1 Center arena is also getting in on the city’s fresh food scene, in a major way. The arena’s lead chef Michael Tuohy and his culinary team source 90 percent of the arena’s food and drinks (including beer!) from within 150 miles of the building. Meaning even if you’re enjoying a concert, NBA game or another thrilling event at the arena, you’re also courtside to a spectacular meal.
- The Sacramento region offers a wide range of chefs demonstrations and cooking classes, ranging from Japanese food to craft cocktails. Included below are a sampling of offerings guaranteed to pique any budding chef’s interest.
There’s never been a more delicious time to explore Sacramento – just make sure you come hungry! For more information on Sacramento’s dining scene and much more, visit visitsacramento.com