Three blocks of food, beverage, music and agricultural inspiration highlight this free event
People admire the inflatable version of Sacramento's iconic water tower on the Capitol Mall during the Farm-to-Fork Street Festival.
Photo courtesy of Visit Sacramento VisitSacramento.com
Time to ring some cowbells! It’s Farm-to-Fork Week in the Farm-to-Fork Capital.
Highlighting festivities will be the Farm-to-Fork Street Festival, set for Friday and Saturday, Sept 23 and 24, on the Capitol Mall.
Hundreds of vendors and agriculturally related organizations will pack Capitol Mall from Fourth to Seventh streets in downtown Sacramento. Admission is free.
Catch the flavor of Sacramento (and neighboring farm communities, too) during what amounts to a three blocks-long tasting party. Wine, beer and cider tasting will be offered; cocktails will be available, too. This is a cashless event; bring credit or debit cards.
SacRT will offer free rides to and from the festival with an official flier, available here:
Free bike valet parking is available Saturday. Otherwise, patrons can use street parking.
Begun in 2013, the Farm-to-Fork Street Festival attracted a record 155,000 patrons over two days in 2019. After a COVID hiatus, a scaled-back street festival returned in 2021 with pandemic precautions (including proof of vaccination or negative test).
“This year, the full festival is back, with three demonstration stages about food, including one hosted by the James Beard Foundation to showcase culinary talent,” says Visit Sacramento, the festival’s organizer. “More seating will be available around the bars on Fourth and Fifth streets and Capitol Mall this year thanks to IKEA, and there will be a hyperlocal bar on Seventh Street and Capitol Mall with a different selection than the other two, so be sure to explore the entire length of the festival, enjoying for-purchase drinks from Bogle Wine, Lucid Winery, JJ Pfister, Hangar One Vodka and more. Also being poured at the festival this year is wine from Vino Noceto, which won the People's Choice Award at Legends of Wine this year.”
Accompanying the food and drink will be a full line-up of music topped by Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter on Friday and alt-pop band Japanese Breakfast on Saturday.
Also entertaining (and informing) the crowd will a series of cooking demonstrations. Learn how to make Slow Food fast, create hand-pulled noodles and discover your food heritage.
Hours are 4 to 9 p.m Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Find a full list of demonstrations, vendors, concert line-up and more: https://www.farmtofork.com/events/street-festival/.
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For week of March 26:
Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:
* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.
* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.
* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.
* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.
* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.
* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.
* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.
To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.
* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.
* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.
* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.
* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.
* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.
* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.
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