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Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Festival: Events from rarefied to earthy

People mingle amid at the produce at the inaugural Farm-to-Fork Festival two years ago on the Capitol Mall.
People mingle amid at the produce at the inaugural Farm-to-Fork Festival two years ago on the Capitol Mall. Sacramento Bee file

As Sacramento’s third annual Farm-To-Fork Celebration, which kicked off Wednesday, eats and drinks its way toward culmination on the Tower Bridge with a multicourse meal Sept. 27, let’s spotlight five must-do events among dozens on offer. Find details and tickets at www.farmtofork.com.

Legends of Wine

When: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17

Where: West steps of the Capitol

Cost: $59 (ages 21 and older)

The “legends” are internationally recognized wine authorities and Sacramento figureheads Darrell Corti and David Berkley. For this showcase event, the connoisseurs conferred to select the 40-plus wineries that best represent the area’s wine scene. This is a super-tasting, with each winery pouring two varietals. Guests can pair them with cheeses and breads, sausages and desserts.

“This brings to the forefront that, while we may not have grapes grown in Sacramento proper, we do have a lot of grapes grown in all the counties around Sacramento, and wines made at world-class wineries,” Corti said.

Their role? “David and I will open the event, then we’ll wander around and answer people’s questions.”

“‘Farm-to-Fork’ is not only produce, but wines as well,” said Berkley. “We have vineyards on all sides of Sacramento, producing very fine wines, varietals and styles that reach out worldwide.”

Smoke on the River

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19

Where: William Land Park, Sacramento

Cost: $35 for pre-sale barbecue and beer-tasting tickets ($40 at the event). Beer tasting alone: $20 (21 and older). Barbecue tasting alone: $20.

Information: www.smokeontheriversac.com

It’s not exactly on a river, but William Land Park boasts a heckuva duck pond, and on Saturday, it will hold a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned barbecue tasting event. The event will benefit the Sacramento Arts Council, and specifically, art programs that assist at-risk children and children of homeless families.

There’s also a beer and cider tasting, with offering from Sacramento’s Track 7 Brewing Co. and Oregon’s 2 Towns Ciderhouse.

Soil Born Farms Autumn Equinox Celebration

Where: Soil Born Farms, 3000 Hurley Way, Sacramento

When: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19

Cost: $60 (advance only; no tickets at the door)

Information: www.soilborn.org 916-363-9685.

More than 30 restaurants and food producers, including The Waterboy, Biba, Selland Family Restaurants, Magpie Café, Hot Italian, OneSpeed and Bella Bru Bakery, will offer samples of organic and seasonal cuisine at tasting stations next to fields at Soil Born Farms.

Some of the produce served at the event was grown at Soil Born’s 1.5-acre working farm within the city.

Several California wineries and craft breweries will pour beverages during an evening-long tasting. Regional cheese producers will provide possibilities for pairings.

Proceeds will benefit Soil Born’s educational and urban agriculture programs.

Dirt-to-Dish (formerly Farm to Handle)

When: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20

Where: L Street between 18th and 19th streets, in the Handle District

Cost: Food is free; some drinks require purchase

The street will be closed to traffic and filled with vendors, entertainers and midtown’s finest restaurants offering small bites. Plenty of beer, wine and cocktails will be part of it.

“It turns into kind of a street party,” said Emily Baime Michaels, executive director of the Midtown Business Association, an event sponsor.

The centerpiece will be a throw-down between Mulvaney’s B&L and Broderick Roadhouse. Both will offer house-made pork bacon and lamb bacon at no charge, and ask tasters to vote for their favorite.

Farm-to-Fork Festival

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26

Where: Capitol Mall, Sacramento

Cost: Free, with food and drinks available for purchase

If the (sold-out) Tower Bridge Dinner is for swells, this event is for regular people. It will feature live music (by Brett Dennen, Stroke 9 and Tyler Rich) and five cooking-demonstration stages. Our favorite vendor on the long list is “Visit Stockton,” which clearly wants to steal some of its northern neighbor’s self-celebrating thunder.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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