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Off the Grid food festival launches in Sacramento

Off the Grid food festival launches in Sacramento

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UPDATE: Off the Grid is launching a a new weekly food truck festival, Fridays at the Barn, starting Aug. 5 and running through October. This version features extended, weekend-launching hours, 5-10 p.m., and offers dancing. So dust off your blue suede shoes and head down to the Barn, the newly opened waterfront pavilion (profiled in our June/July issue) on West Sacramento's River Walk just south of Raley Field, to browse 12 local food trucks and listen to swinging tunes selected by Capital Radio DJ Nick Brunner, host of Saturday evening radio program Blue Dog Jam.

Sacramento, get ready to feast your eyes—and feed your face—at the region’s newest foodie event.

Off the Grid, a popular food truck festival that launched in San Francisco in 2010 and brings public, food-centric events to underutilized spaces, is launching a weekly series along the river in West Sacramento.

The first event will take place June 12 at River Walk Park in West Sacramento and continue every Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the end of October.

In the Bay Area, Off the Grid puts on more than 50 weekly markets in 27 cities, from Berkeley to Sunnyvale to Larkspur and about a dozen within San Francisco. Founder Matt Cohen, a former Davis resident, says that expanding to Sacramento has always been his plan, especially as he noticed more and more Sacramentans visited Off the Grid's Bay Area events.

“We saw an opportunity to create something that's interesting and different but still feels like it’s uniquely Sacramento.” says Cohen. "I used to row on the river, so I am familiar with the area and the river walk. It's going to be similar to the larger events we put on at Fort Mason Center and the Presidio, which are destination events with a whole day's worth of activities that people can come enjoy."