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What to expect—and eat—at the 2017 Japanese Food & Cultural Festival

08/07/17

What to expect—and eat—at the 2017 Japanese Food & Cultural Festival

On Aug. 12 and 13, the summer tradition known as the Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar returns for its 71st year to cook up over three tons of chicken, two tons of beef, 1,500 pounds of rice and 500 pounds of shrimp. About 30,000 festivalgoers are expected to flood the Buddhist Church of Sacramento in Land Park for its annual August fête and fundraiser. A team of 750 volunteers uses the above-mentioned ingredients and others to prepare everything from sesame chicken, shrimp tempura and barbecued short ribs to poke bowls, sushi rolls, inari (rice wrapped in sweet fried tofu), korokke (potato croquettes) and chilled somen noodles. Every year, the charcoal grills get such a workout that organizers say the fire department can almost always be counted on to show up—based on...

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Bastille Day Waiters’ Race and Street Festival returns to midtown

07/07/17

Bastille Day Waiters’ Race and Street Festival returns to midtown

This Sunday, midtown's Handle District will be transformed into a Parisian neighborhood as the Sacramento Bastille Day Waiters’ Race & Street Festival returns for an eighth year of thrills and spills. During the race, 50 servers from restaurants all over the city will speed-walk around the flag-adorned business district, completing two laps of the block bounded by 18th and 19th and L Streets and Capitol Avenue—all while balancing a bottle of Perrier and two half-filled glasses on a tray. (Watch a video of the race action below). The first waiter and waitress to cross the finish line without dropping or significantly spilling the contents of their tray will each take home $500, while second and third place winners in both the men’s and women’s...

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Six festive farm events to attend this summer and fall

07/06/17

Six festive farm events to attend this summer and fall

As America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, Sacramento has no shortage of agricultural bounty and verdant countryside, and this summer and fall bring plenty of chances take advantage of this heritage. From grape stomping and wine tasting to dinners under the stars, here are six events to get down on the farm. Dinner on the Farm July 15 Three miles east of downtown Winters, the Farm on Putah Creek is the lush site of the Center for Land-Based Learning’s 8th annual plein air dinner. This year, Stazi Dulman, former executive chef of Nola in Palo Alto and the current executive chef at Nugget Markets, will prepare the five-course meal using fresh ingredients from local purveyors like Green Almond Farm in Winters, Hearty Fork Farm in Dixon and Six O'Clock Farm in West Sacramento...

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Take Dad to one of these seven fun-fueled events in the region on Father's Day weekend

06/08/17

Take Dad to one of these seven fun-fueled events in the region on Father's Day weekend

Whether Dad is into biking, beer, bluegrass, barbecues or Batman, tell Pops he's the tops by taking him to one of these seven fun-fueled events around town on Father's Day weekend. Father’s Day Festival June 15-18 At the 43rd incarnation of this annual Grass Valley festival, some of the most famous names in bluegrass, like seven-time Grammy nominee Doyle Lawson and Grand Ole Opry member Bobby Osborne, are set to perform. Visit a workshop to take songwriting lessons with Los Angeles-based country and bluegrass band The Brombies, or learn to play the fiddle with North Carolina-based quartet The Piedmont Melody Makers. Kids can get their faces painted while you sip Sierra Nevada brews and vino from Guglielmo Winery. Meander through the booths with musical...

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7 fun things to do around town on Memorial Day weekend

05/22/17

7 fun things to do around town on Memorial Day weekend

Whether it's dancing in the streets of Old Sacramento or indulging in an IPA in Elk Grove, here are 7 fun ways to spend Memorial Day weekend. Elk Grove Brewfest May 26 Say “cheers” at this second annual festival that will fill Elk Grove’s Old Town Plaza for a Friday evening of suds and sustenance. Join other beer enthusiasts as you sip samples from local favorites like Rubicon, Knee Deep, Big Sexy and Bike Dog brewing companies, as well as regional contenders like Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada. If you’re more of a wino than a beer drinker, don’t miss pours from area wineries like The Dancing Fox and Pondl. Food trucks including Bella Familia Wood Fired Pizza, Fuzion Eatz, Tailgater 44 and Che Buono will be on hand to serve up festival fare that...

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