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Sacramento's Farm-to-Fork Festival turns 10

Huge street party set for Friday and Saturday on Capitol Mall

The street party of the Farm to Fork Festival will take place on Capitol Mall Friday evening and all day Saturday.

The street party of the Farm to Fork Festival will take place on Capitol Mall Friday evening and all day Saturday. Photo courtesy Visit Sacramento

Get ready to party – and enjoy some farm-fresh goodness! This week, Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary and you’re invited.

On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, the expanded festival will take over the Capitol Mall with most of the action between Fourth and Seventh streets. The festival is set for 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m to 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

A salute to local farmers, ranchers, winemakers, brewers, chefs and other food folks, the festival offers lots of interactive demonstrations and hands-on experiences as well as a chance to learn more about the Sacramento-area connections to what we eat and drink.

Expect to sample some of that food, too. Dozens of food trucks will sell their specialties.

Feeling thirsty? Bogle Family Vineyards, Frey Ranch, Willamette Wineworks, Seka Hills and other area wineries will be pouring wine by the glass for sale. Several local beer makers also are on tap with samples of their brews. Wine and beer garden seating will be available near Fourth and Fifth streets. New this year, the Sky River Casino Bar will offer farm-fresh cocktails at Fourth and Capitol.

Saturday is all about demonstrations with three stages hosting chefs, farmers and other food experts. Two dozen workshops and presentations will be spread across three stages near Sixth and Seventh streets. Chefs will demonstrate how to make favorite seasonal recipes as well as discuss why they cook what they cook. Among the highlights: Chef Nina Curtis recreates her White House State Dinner (4:30 p.m.). Watch out for flying knives: Butchers of America will hold tryouts for its national team. See the full line-up here:

Everywhere, there will be music. The festival expanded its concert line-up on both days with headliners Cannons on Friday and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals on Saturday. Read the full concert line-up here:

Along Capitol Mall, scores of booths stretch the gamut of local food and beverage production. Get free products and samples as well as an opportunity to meet the people who feed us and make Sacramento America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.

(Psst, if you're near a SacRT light rail station or bus stop, ride to the festival for free! See the link on this page:

For more information on the entire festival:


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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

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