Farm to Fork

Sacramento is best known for its endless sunny weather, beautiful natural scenery.

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Farm to Fork

Farm-to-fork eating and dining is a Sacramento region staple, and it was even before the concept had a legitimate name. Sacramento is best-known for its endless sunny weather, beautiful natural scenery, and vibrant cultural scene, but it’s also considered America’s farm-to-fork capital because of its stature as an agricultural powerhouse. 

The ideal climate gives the city a year-round growing season across its sprawling 1.5 million acres of farms and ranches. Sacramento farms are responsible for more than 160 different types of crops for local markets and abroad. It’s also where you’ll find a wide variety of California Certified Farmers’ Markets.

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Where to eat in Sacramento?

Since Sacramento is such a notable place for farm-fresh food, you’ll never struggle to find a great restaurant to sample delicious meals made from the freshest ingredients. It isn’t just the restaurants that make the city such a highly sought-after location for a healthy, active lifestyle. Food literacy is on the rise, especially among children, who are starting to learn more about eating vegetables and tending to their nutrition at a young age, fostering important habits for life. 

Enjoy the depth of the Sacramento!

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Over the years, Sacramento’s farm-to-fork traditions and culinary commitment have led to international recognition. In 2019, the Michelin Guide honored the city’s agricultural and culinary committees by bestowing a coveted Michelin Star on Sacramento’s Kitchen Restaurant and awarded Bib Gourmands to three other restaurants. Several other restaurants received recognition in the Michelin Guide, and additional awards went to 10 Michelin Plates.

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Almost any restaurant you visit in Sacramento will have seasonally fresh, chef-driven menus with ingredients carefully selected from local farmers’ markets. You can even take a culinary-themed tour like the Sutter District Tour, which explores the city’s history and cuisine from the immigrant groups that formed the city. Other tours include the Midtown Arts Tour and the Local Roots Food Tour.

Chefs often take advantage of the close working relationships with farmers when selecting items that can end up in that evening’s meals, hence the phrase, “farm to fork.”

Some of the most popular local eateries include Waterboy, Ella Dining Room & Bar, Mulvaney’s B&L, and Localis.

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  • The Waterboy is a breezy, local restaurant specializing in French, Italian, and Californian cuisine and seasonal fare. 
  • Ella Dining Room & Bar is a Sacramento staple and premier dining destination serving farm-to-fork plates for lunch, dinner, and happy hour. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional caviar service, fresh oysters, steak, or award-winning wines, Ella has a little bit of everything.
  • Mulvaney’s B&L is a sophisticated seasonal restaurant serving New American food in a converted firehouse. They also offer al fresco dining on the garden patio.
  • Localis is the perfect place to enjoy vegan dishes and delicious healthy cuisine while sitting outdoors and admiring the scenic Sacramento foothills. 
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  • Sacramento’s Kitchen Restaurant has received Michelin acclaim and is a convivial, open-air restaurant offering a high-end fine dining experience to patrons.
  • Bacon & Butter is an iconic Sacramento breakfast spot that works with local farmers to craft mouthwatering dishes utilizing fresh, hearty ingredients.
  • Tower Cafe has been serving Sacramento scrumptious and sophisticated breakfast and brunch dishes since first opening its doors in 1990.

Experience the mouth watering festival!

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Farm-to-Fork Street Festival

Sacramento celebrates food and its internationally-acclaimed culinary culture all year round. Still, September is an exceptional month. The Farm-to-Fork Street Festival takes place on the last weekend of the month and celebrates the region’s incredible food and agriculture. 

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Chefs, farmers, ranchers, brewers, and more unite to share mouthwatering meals and savory drinks. The harvest season’s most prominent event boasts over a mile of regional wines, cooking demonstrations, local food, and craft beer. Best of all, the festival offers free admission. 

An event since 2013, the festival has continued to grow and evolve into one of the nation’s most anticipated food festivals, drawing thousands of visitors year after year.

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