Farm to Fork celebration was quite a dish

Sacramento’s second annual Farm to Fork Week was a hit, and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau has the numbers to prove it. The SCVB acted as producer of the celebration, which ran Sept. 13-28 and showcased our region’s unique position as “the largest producing state of agriculture in the nation.”

Four events in particular highlighted F2F, and their attendance set new records over last year’s inaugural:

On Sept. 12, the F2F kickoff parade of 40 vintage and modern tractors that rumbled over the Tower Bridge and along Capitol Mall drew a crowd of about 2,000.

On Sept. 18, the ticketed ($50) Legends of Wine wine-and-cheese party on the west steps of the Capitol sold out, as more than 760 foodies gathered to sip and taste and listen to the wise words of internationally respected wine and food authorities Darrell Corti and David Berkeley.

On Sept. 27, some 35,000 people attended the free Farm to Fork Festival along Capitol Mall to sample food and drink (and learning opportunities) from vendors, farmers, ranchers, wineries and breweries.

F2F culminated Sept. 28 when 740 guests sat down at the Gala Dinner on the Tower Bridge. The $175-a-person tickets sold out in five minutes. For those of us who ate a quiet dinner at home that night, the locally sourced bridge-dinner menu went like this:

Appetizer: salumi, pate, cheese, mustard, olives, quince, honeycomb

First course: heirloom bean salad of shelling beans, okra, heirloom cherry tomatoes, mint, red pepper cheese and organic olive oil

Second course: mesquite-grilled quail with Seckel pears, grapes, peppers, wild rice and pork belly

Third course: smoked trout with fingerling potatoes, fennel arugula, herb vinaigrette dressing

Fourth course: ale-braised lamb shanks, indigo rose tomato, graffiti eggplant, vegetable flower honey and sage