SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The Farm-to-Fork Festival in Sacramento will not happen this year after organizers said Thursday they have canceled the popular event.
The festival is a massive, multi-day party that takes over Capitol Mall each September. Roughly 155,000 people come out for food and wine tastings that celebrate all the area has to offer.
It’s an event that chefs and attendees alike enjoy.
Chris Barnum-Dann, chef and owner of Localis in midtown, said he was looking forward to showing his chops.
“For the restaurants, it’s just great to be on that bridge and have all of that media,” Barnum told FOX40.
Sacramento native Jazzmine Joyce said she was also looking forward to the September event.
“I’ve seen pictures of it and I saw it on the news in previous years, and I’m really disappointed that we won’t be able to go,” said Joyce. “But it’s OK because it’s kind of for the health of the public.”
Even with its signature party sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic, Visit Sacramento is still working to recognize and support the area’s food and agriculture community.
“We’re working on a couple of promotions, you know. Can the Tower Bridge Dinner live within some of the restaurants? Can we promote restaurants and the agriculture in this region and just remind people what makes Sacramento America’s Farm-to-Fork capital?” said Mike Testa, the president and CEO of Visit Sacramento. “Certainly, we want people to continue patronizing those businesses. They’re all struggling during this time and while we can’t have the bridge dinner or the festival in person, are there some ways we can create little components of that that you can enjoy at home or in public spaces with your family?”
While organizers are trying to think of innovative ways to still promote Sacramento’s thriving Farm-to-Fork culture, Barnum-Dann said it’s important to continue to support local businesses.
“I think as cliche as it sounds, Sacramento lives and embodies the whole ‘rising tides, raise all ships,’” said Barnum-Dann.
Due to the cancellation, festival sponsor Bank of America stepped in to cover the college scholarships for the children of migrant farmworkers. Usually, the scholarships are supported through what’s become the hottest ticket in town — a ticket to the Tower Bridge Dinner.