Midtown’s Sutter District is spreading the tomoato-love this July with the return of Sacratomato Week, a week-long celebration of the the multi-colored, multi-flavored globes of fruit that epitomizes summer.
Taking place July 20-25, the 2nd annual Sacratomato Week will give us city dwellers an eating frenzy of one of the Sacramento agriculture region’s signature commodities. And new this year, a festival that highlights all things tomato will top off the event at week’s end on July 25.
Attendees are invited to stroll through the Sutter District’s lively restaurant and bar scene all week long to experience tomato-themed menus, drinks and specials at all the district’s restaurants and bars. Participating eateries and drinkeries include Barwest, Biba, Cafe Bernardo, Centro Cocina Mexicana, Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, INK Eats & Drinks, Monkey Bar, Paragary’s Midtown and Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar.
Saturday’s Sacratomato Festival will have a host of free, family-friendly competitions, food tastings, cooking demonstrations, kids activities, lawn games, live music and more.
Taking place outside on the grounds of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park from 4-8pm, a tomato tasting garden as well as food for sample and/or sale by Midtown restaurants and bars will be available for the picking. Midtown Farmer’s Market vendors will also be present and the area’s top chefs will host cooking demonstrations.
A beer and Bloody Mary cocktail area will keep adults happy while kids will have fun playing in the “Tomato Patch”, complete with face painting, baloon creations and tomato activities.
A [of course] salsa band–Element Brass Band and Conjunto Liberacion—will provide music as will Skyler’s Pool, the husband/wife team of Paragary Restaurant Group’s Executive Chef Kurt Spataro and KFBK’s Kitty O’Neal.
The festival also invites savy salsa makers to enter a salsa competition that will be judged in a blind taste test by a panel of judges. All ingredients and materials will be provided, but competitors are allowed to bring three ingredients each, if desired. The deadline to enter is July 10 (cost: $25 to participate). The winner of the competition will win a prize and the “Best Salsa in the Sutter District” title.
For more information on this fun and celebratory week, visit exploremidtown.org.
Photo courtesy of the Midtown Business Association