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First-ever ‘Sacratomato Week’ coming in July

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Sacramento has a beer week, a bacon week and a Farm-to-Fork Week, but until now it hasn’t had a week celebrating its signature food product: the tomato.

Restaurants, bars and nightclubs in midtown’s Sutter District are aiming to fill that gap with the first-ever “Sacratomato Week” from July 21 to 27, during which they will offer special tomato-themed beverages and foods.

The inspiration for the week-long event comes from Sacramento being one of the larger producers of tomatoes in the state, said Emily Michaels, executive director of the Midtown Business Association.

California produces about 96 percent of all processing tomatoes grown in the United States, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, with Yolo County alone putting out 1.5 million tons of tomatoes in 2013.

All of the restaurants in the Sutter District are participating, Michaels said, by offering dishes that shine a spotlight on the local tomatoes they source.

“I hope that we can continue to showcase the local farmers and local chefs that are partnering,” she said.

Next year, Michaels said, she hopes the tomato-themed week will be even bigger, with a festival at the end celebrating local farms and the chefs that use their products.

Call The Bee’s Will Wright, (916) 321-1212

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