The 10th Anniversary of Visit Sacramento’s FREE Farm-to-Fork Festival is right around the corner, capping off what has already been a month full of fun and exciting events like Legends of Wine and the Tower Bridge Dinner. The festival will be held on Capitol Mall on Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23, combining fresh food, local beers and wines, cooking demonstrations, interactive exhibits, a concert series, and more. On Friday, the event runs from 4-9 p.m., and on Saturday, it runs longer, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Farm-to-Fork Festival highlights the area’s farmers, ranchers, chefs, and everyone else who makes the capital’s food scene America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. In addition to the food, live music is a major draw, with headliners Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals and Canons being just two of the host bands that will perform on the main stage throughout the festival.
This year’s festival includes a full lineup of live music that keeps the crowds entertained all day long. Canons (Former CIP Headliner!) is headlining the event on Friday night, and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals will headline Saturday. Other festival performances include sets by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Danielle Ponder, Cautious Clay, Eric Gales, Zia Victoria, and other local bands and DJs. Scroll down for the full performance schedule and visit farmtofork.com to read each artist’s bio.
Photo by: Norman de Veyre
When it comes to the food vendors, the best of the Sacramento region is showcased, and with Visit Sacramento’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, a series of vendor grants are offered in partnership with Bank of America for first-time vendors who identify as a minority/person of color and/or LGBTQ and demonstrate a financial need.
A list of participating vendors will be announced as the festival gets closer on farmtofork.com.
Visit the event website for up-to-the-minute information on vendors, demonstrations, activities and more.
To celebrate 10 years of Farm to Fork, Visit Sacramento will host two ticketed events during the festival, allowing attendees to enhance their festival experience.
The Grand Tasting: 10 Years of Farm to Fork
On Friday from 6-9 p.m., chefs from 20 participating Sacramento restaurants will cook an epic food experience at The Grand Tasting: 10 Years of Farm to Fork. Entrance includes food and two drink tickets.
Tickets are $125 and are available for purchase at farmtofork.com.
Farm x Fire x Fork with Tyler Florence
On Saturday from 4-7 p.m., the Farm x Fire x Fork with Tyler Florence event will combine music by country artist Lindsey Ell, a beer tasting, BBQ food made by the Food Network’s Tyler Florence, and cocktails for an unforgettable evening.
Tickets are $150 and are available for purchase at farmtofork.com.
SacRT offers free rides to and from the festival with a flier, and free bike valet will be available on Saturday. There is ample parking around the festival, and the SacPark system lets you reserve spots in advance.
Feature photo by Mickey Morrow