Had it not been for the successes of Sacramento Beer Week, the juggernaut that is “Farm-to-Fork Week” might not be happening right now. Some initial organizers of Sacramento’s “Farm-to-Fork Week,” which runs through Sunday, saw the crowds and enthusiasm for Sacramento Beer Week and envisioned similar festivities to celebrate the local food movement.
While wine gets an official place at the farm-to-fork table with a “Legends of Wine” event on Wednesday at the west steps of the State Capitol, let’s not forget the importance of local beer. Sacramento was a major hops growing region a century ago, and a full-on beer renaissance is currently underway. More than two dozen microbreweries call the region home, the majority of which have sprung up in just the last two years, and hops are being replanted around the area in hopes of resurrecting this once key local crop.
So, let’s toast to all that’s good in local beer with a “Farm-to-Fork Craft Beer Experience” dinner, which is set for Wednesday at Ten22 in Old Sacramento. All of these limited production beers feature fresh local hops and brewed from the following producers: Ruhstaller, Track 7, Berryessa Brewing Co. and New Helvetia. Drake’s Brewing Co. of San Leandro will also be joining the celebrations. The five-course pairing dinner, which is presented by the fine folks at Hops to Table magazine, includes mango dusted prawns, Italian sausage pot pies and other creations by Ten22 chef Jay Veregge.
Tickets cost $49, and you can order them here.
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