In a record-setting attendance, over 75,000 Sacramentans and guests came together on Saturday to celebrate the fourth annual Farm-to-Fork Festival on the Capitol Mall parkway. Surrounded by 1.5 million acres of farmland, Sacramento has had the unique opportunity to establish itself as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, a fact that is making itself increasingly more apparent every year.
At first glance, the view at the Capitol Mall parkway encompassed Sacramento with a fantastic view of the Tower Bridge and Capitol building on either end of the lot with seven blocks of local food truck favorites, rows upon rows of tables set up for various organizations and farms, live cooking stages, and a concert stage that impressively included a rocking performance by Grammy-winning band The Wallflowers.
It was a view that Sacramentans were able to take in with a great deal of pride for living in a city that is successfully creating an identity as a healthy, local-supporting, farm-loving community that knows how to celebrate this evolving idenity in style.
As if the free entry to the event was not enough, the free food samples were more than enough encouragement for attendees to arrive early and try to get a taste from each vendor. Whether it was Nash’s Kombucha, Jen’s Farm Stand Lemonade or Rosie: The Original Organic Chicken, there was a local favorite for everyone to try.
However, the festival was not just for the food and entertainment, but rather for learning a thing or two about your local farms and farmers from more than 200 local vendors. A number of the groups were there to build awareness as to where your produce comes from and to promote services that can help you purchase the produce more easily.
One of the many examples is It’s Organic!, a family-owned business providing services for at-home delivery of local fruits and vegetables all over the Northern California region. This type of service cuts down on emissions harmful to the environment from big grocery store chains shipping their produce. In return, it supports local farmers and gives families the chance to enjoy fresh produce that is affordable and accessible.
While many may be sad to see our beloved “cow town” nickname fade, America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital is a strong (and more sophisticated!) title to carry us into the future of Sacramento.
For more information on everything farm-to-fork and to keep up with updates throughout the year, visit farmtofork.com.
Photos by Bethany Harris