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Find cooking demos, fresh fruit, food trucks and more at the 2017 Farm-to-Fork Festival

09/19/17

Find cooking demos, fresh fruit, food trucks and more at the 2017 Farm-to-Fork Festival

On Saturday, Sept. 23, over 65,000 people are expected to descend upon Capitol Mall for the fifth annual Farm-to-Fork Festival, a free event that celebrates the region’s agricultural bounty. Between 3rd and 7th streets, event-goers can peruse booths from over 100 regional purveyors, like local farms, wineries and breweries, which will be serving up their signature fare and forking over samples. Expect scoops of plum gelato from Conscious Creamery, wildflower honey from East Sacramento’s The Bee Box and loaves of birdseed bread from Upper Crust Baking Co. Popular downtown Sacramento brewery Ruhstaller will be pouring its Three Families Hop Sac ale at the beer and wine pavilion, while local growers like Capay Organic and Soil Born Farms offer up fresh samples of...

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See what's brewing at the third annual California Craft Beer Summit

08/23/17

See what's brewing at the third annual California Craft Beer Summit

The California Craft Beer Summit is once again doubling down on the notion that today's beer lovers want to do as much learning as tippling. On Sept.7-9, the summit returns to Sacramento for three hopping days of beer discussion, education and tasting, culminating in a mega festival on the Capitol Mall. At the third annual event, you can hone your sudsy spidey-sense with classes on how to analyze hop flavor profiles, take a historical and geographical tasting tour of the Golden State's brewing industry, or get schooled on beer pairings by Grange chef Oliver Ridgeway at a demo where he’ll serve guests a meal that explores the connection between Indian food and West Coast IPAs. Then on Saturday, Sept. 9, test your newfound knowledge at the Capitol Mall festival, which...

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Eat, drink and dance your way around the world through 7 international festivals

08/17/17

Eat, drink and dance your way around the world through 7 international festivals

From Scandinavian meatballs to cinnamon babka, and from Brazilian drumming to Greek circle dancing, here are seven fun ways to celebrate the diversity of Sacramento’s communities. Sacramento Scandinavian Festival Aug. 19 If your idea of eating Scandinavian food is lining up for a plate of Swedish meatballs at Ikea, you’re in for a treat at this 34th annual festival at East Sacramento’s Scottish Rite Masonic Center, where a veritable smörgåsbord awaits. Sample the Viking-on-a-Stick (a giant beef meatball deep fried like a corn dog), as well as Danish sausages and open-faced shrimp sandwiches. For dessert, there’s limpa (sweet rye bread) and shortbread spritz cookies. Post-feast, check out the model of a Viking warship, built by local...

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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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