While the warm days of summer brings the wonderful (i.e. ridiculously hot) weather to Sacramento and a plethora of festivals, events, and fun for all, it also brings on one rather large dilemma to residents— “Which event should we attend?” Here to quell your anxiety for the next week is the return of the fourth annual Sacratomato Week & Festival, a nine-day showcase of Sacramento’s signature commodity that includes a large-scale festival and creative menu and drink items by the Sutter District’s restaurants and bars.
Taking over Midtown from July 22-30, the week commences with the Sacratomato Festival on Saturday, July 22 (5-9pm) at the Sutter’s Fort. The theme, of course, will be tomatoes with tomato-centric foods, drinks, and activities at this free, family-friendly festival.
As you grab a classic Bloody Mary from one of the various Sutter District bars at the event — including Barwest, Monkey Bar, and the like — you can watch the an on-stage salsa making competition, play lawn games, or take the kids to the hands-on “Tomato Patch” area for face painting, balloon creations, and a Tomato University section devoted to art and tomato planting activities.
For the foodies, there will be tempting tomato themed samples, snacks, and food in addition to cooking demonstrations and Midtown Farmers Market vendors, all tied together with live music entertainment by the Sacramento native band, Simple Creation.
If you can’t make it to the Sacratomato Festival, don’t fret. Remember, the festival is just the kick off to a week-long celebration of the summertime fruit that flourishes in our region.
Offering tomato-inspired menu options and drink specials, Sutter District restaurants, bars, and nightclubs invite you to see what creations they’ve come up with. Stroll through the District sampling foods and drinks or pick from the multitude of participating businesses that include Barwest, Biba, Cafe Bernardo, Centro Cocina Mexicana, Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, INK Eats & Drinks, Monkey Bar, Paragary’s and Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar.
Whether attending the festival or restaurant/bar hopping, this is your chance to savor the flavors of the season that caps off July’s summer days.
Photo provided by Sacramento Downtown Grid