Whether you love a good burger and a sizzling basket of garlic fries or you prefer a lightly braised salmon with a fresh apple walnut salad, Sacramento County has the food your taste buds crave. As America’s Farm-to-Fork capital, “foodies” and those interested in unique cuisine are finding favor in the River City, where the food scene is growing.
One of the most popular up-and-coming food scenes is the food truck. Sacramento Mobile Food (SacMoFo) holds events almost daily throughout the county, where food trucks present a variety of cuisine options, such as weekly Truckin’ Tuesday lunch meet-up at 15th and Capitol in the Rose Garden. From 11-2 every Tuesday, people crowd around trucks for Thai cuisine, boba, burgers, ice cream, smoothies, tacos, specialty hot dogs and kettle corn, to name a few. According to SacMoFo, 28 percent of people who see a food truck decided to purchase from that truck. Nevertheless, food trucks are more than just good food; they also support the local community by purchasing local products and produce.
If gourmet is more your style, Sacramento has walking food tours. The Gourmet on K Culinary Walking Tour leads people on a tour to discover what is “hot” at local restaurants that specialize in Farm to Fork ingredients. The tour takes participants to different stops along downtown K Street, offering tastings of items like locally sourced kale greens with apples, walnuts and a house dressing, or even desserts like green tea French macaroons.
Every year Sacramento County also has a wide variety of food-focused festivals. The Courtland Pear Fair has been a Delta tradition since 1972. With pear pies, jams, preserves and more, it is a great way to taste sweet, delicious pears from the beautiful Sacramento River Delta. Fair Oaks features the Chicken Festival every year, celebrating the Fair Oaks’ history in citrus groves and olive orchards. With great food, vendors and history, this festival is a great way to taste what makes Sacramento County so unique.
Sacramento County's Farmers Market season has begun and for those who want to really get up close and personal with their local foods, Sacramento County has roughly a dozen certified farmers’ markets. With at least one market hosted nearly every day of the week, people are welcomed to meet the producers and farmers who grow the food we consume. With access to fresh seasonal produce and goods, farmers markets are the ultimate in farm-to-fork experiences.
On September 26, 2015, Sacramento will celebrate the annual Farm-to-Fork Festival. This festival aims to spread awareness about the region’s local food production, consumption and sustainability. People can experience live music, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ zone, interactive booths from local grocers, farmers and ranchers, and most important, local food, wine and beer from regional eateries. This year’s event is expected to exceed the 35,000 attendants reported last year, and is a great way to share the area’s diverse food cultures, utilizing locally grown items.
Check out a popular website that features the local food scene: sacfoodies.com.
Writer: Kaitlin Bane, Communication and Media Intern