Description and review of the Saturday, September 29, 2018, 6th Annual Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival – held annually on Capitol Mall.
The 6th Annual Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival added a Friday start this year from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. making it a two-day event. My plan, as in year’s past, was to spend part of the day at the Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival on Saturday. The event, with 145 vendors, ran from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
It was a perfect day – in the high 70’s with a light breeze. Festival organizers encourage use of alternative means of transportation, so I had seriously considered taking advantage of the offer from Sacramento Regional Transit (free rides on bus and light rail for event day participants). I went so far as to print out the free pass from the RT website before deciding to reserve a parking space in advance ($5) at one of the nearby City parking garages. A free supervised bike valet is also available for those who choose to bike to the event.
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A lot was happening in Downtown Sacramento on Saturday. There were long lines of adults and children queued up at the Sacramento Convention Center for the 21st Annual Sacramento Reptile Show. One of these years I am going to have to check out the Sacramento Reptile Show – I have noticed that it always seems to attract large crowds!
As often is the case, there was at least one – if not more – events taking place in Capitol Park. Two fire trucks with ladders extended had an American flag flying in the breeze between them over a park entrance on L Street for the 16th Annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony. This year the ceremony honored 37 fallen firefighters.
I made my way the short distance to Capitol Mall. My plan was to stroll down Capitol Mall from 8th to 3rd Streets and then to cross to the other side of the street on the way back. At 8th Street there was a checkpoint where backpacks and bags where checked before one entered. This end of the Festival hosted a kid’s zone which included a small Ferris wheel for children. Other attractions at the free family-friendly event included a petting zoo and a stretch in the median set up for corn hole. The corn hole appeared to be very popular with the kids.
Local food trucks and vendors of a variety of local foodstuffs were lined up on both sides of the street. Interspersed between were local wine producers and craft beer brewers – all of which appeared to be doing a brisk business. I passed a number of vendors offering free samples and from time to time I stopped and joined the queue, chatting with others in line as we waited our turn.
I paused several times on my journey between one end of the Festival to the other to listen to and watch the large stage demonstration presentations.
The music stage was set up on 3rd Street and I joined an appreciative group of music lovers to enjoy local artist Jessica Malone during her set.
Crossing the street and heading back towards the Capitol Building I stopped by a number of booths and displays, chatting from time to time with those manning the booths.
I also joined a line in front of the Golden 1 Credit Union Cardholder Lounge and enjoyed a free lunch! Entry required showing my Golden 1 credit card at the entrance. Once inside I helped myself to a croissant chicken sandwich, pasta salad, a cookie and a bottle of water.
After stopping at several other booths afterwards, I had finished the circuit and decided to call it a day. I had enjoyed several hours of people watching, free food samples, musical entertainment, and a free lunch in addition to collecting assorted “swag”. My swag included a large poster/map of Sacramento neighborhoods courtesy of Inside Sacramento Publications, a variety of sturdy bags I will use for grocery shopping, and a $5 coupon from Safeway.
All in all it was a fun way to spend part of day!
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