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Farm to Fork’s $175-Tower-Bridge-dinner tickets sell out in five minutes

07/21/2014 11:44 AM

07/21/2014 12:34 PM

Anyone who procrastinated more than a few minutes to buy tickets for the Sept. 28 gala dinner on the Tower Bridge is out of luck. All tickets for the $175-per-head dinner were gobbled up once they went on sale at 10 a.m. today.

According to the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, a primary organizer of the dinner that caps a two-week Farm-to-Fork celebration in September, 3,000 people logged on to www.farmtofork.com at 10 a.m. to score tickets.

The dinner, which features an all-star cast of local chefs, is geared for 600 guests. Two hundred of those seats were claimed via a pre-sale on Friday for sponsors at a cost of $5,000 for a table of eight.

Proceeds from the Tower Bridge gala are used to fund a variety of activities during the Farm-to-Fork celebration, which runs from Sept. 13-28, including a free festival on Sept. 27 on Capitol Mall. The festival drew 25,000 in its 2013 debut.

Tickets for the inaugural Tower Bridge dinner in 2013 sold out in less than eight hours. Given the demand for seats, organizers mulled increasing the individual ticket price this year, but opted to increase the cost for sponsored tables.

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