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In putting this site together, I usually spend a couple hours over the weekend reading the last week's food news clips and planning for the week ahead. But after reading the 15 stories already written about Farm to Fork week, I realized that everything I wanted to say had already been said. So instead of reinventing the wheel, here's everything already written about Sacramento's Farm to Fork celebration, which from Sept. 13 to 28.

Farm-to-Fork’s rapid growth stuns its Sacramento organizers - As it turned out, the city’s annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration – which kicked off Friday with a parade of tractors down Capitol Mall and runs through Sept. 28 – took off so quickly that Testa admitted last week that “we were overwhelmed.” With only the second Farm-to-Fork Celebration now in full swing, this year’s expanded gathering includes dozens of Sacramento-region restaurants, scores of growers, numerous grower- and food-related businesses and plentiful wine producers. Organizers expect thousands of Sacramento-area foodies to celebrate the region’s locally grown and cooked food and beverages. Reservations to marquee Farm-to-Fork events have been snapped up within minutes of being offered. Mark Glover in the Sac Bee.

10 highlights to savor during 2014 Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks - Nearly three dozen (and counting) restaurants around the city are currently signed up to participate in Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks, a 16-day spotlight on local ingredients and their growers running from Sept. 13-28. Some of your favorite eateries will be serving up the option to dine from fixed price menus ranging from $10 to $45, while a portion of proceeds from Restaurant Weeks—which is hosted by the California Restaurant Association’s Sacramento chapter in partnership with the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau—will benefit local food banks and the Food Literacy Center. Tori Masucci Cummins in Sactown Mag.

How to make the most of Sacramento's Farm-to-Fork Celebration - Farms, fairs, markets, restaurants and gardens around the region will be taking center stage as Sacramento’s second annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration launches this weekend and runs through Sept. 28. The festive fortnight offers a variety of unique events, from house hopping in East Sacramento to wine and food tasting in midtown to a cycling trek among Yolo County farmlands. Whether on a bike ride with your family or a date night with your significant other, consider these opportunities to dig in and enjoy our local bounty. Tori Masucci Cummins and Alex Hernandez in Sactown Mag.

Hungry for farm-to-fork? Here's a preview of how events are taking off - September is the beginning of the harvest season. Though in the Central Valley, we’re lucky to live somewhere that we can so easily get local produce year-round. Nonetheless, this season is the perfect time to celebrate our bounty, and thus the farm-to-fork celebration is upon us. Dozens of events ranging in price from free to $150 will take place between September 12th and 28th, starting off with a tractor parade on Capitol Mall and wrapping up with the sold-out Tower Bridge dinner. Many of the paid events will benefit food-related charities. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

Farm to Fork Restaurant WEEKS - This year the Farm to Fork celebrations last two weeks.  They start Saturday, the 13th, and run through the Tower Bridge Dinner finale on Sunday, the 28th.  During that span of dates you can also find some F2F deals at participating restaurants. What's nice and different about this F2F Restaurant Weeks is that the restaurants could pick different price points. There's been a lot of conversation that the F2F festivities are skewed to people with higher disposable incomes.  Well there are a few participating restaurants that have items in the $10 range. Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

Week One of Farm-to-Fork Celebration: Kick-Off Week Abounds with Farm Grown Festivals, Parades, Dinners, Tours and More! - If you’ve ever doubted whether Sacramento is really the Farm-to-Fork Capital of America, become a believer these next two weeks when the Farm-to-Fork Celebration weeks shows what Sacramento is made of with almost two dozen farm-to-fork centric events that celebrates the locally sourced movement we both believe in and practice year-round. Bethany Harris on Sac Press.

Farm-to-Fork Festivities Return to the Region - This month’s fun foodie and farm-centric events include winery and harvest tours hosted by Revolution Wines (“get an inside look at the grape harvest and learn the winemaking process from grape to glass”), “Pedal to Plate” culinary bike tours (“we will take participants down tree-lined streets via a unique uni-bike”), and “Grow Your Groceries” home gardener courses at Soil Born Farms American River Ranch in Rancho Cordova. Kira O'Donnell in Sac Mag.

Feast Q&A: Darrell Corti talks farm-to-fork and ‘Legends of Wine’ event - Corti and Berkley are acting as consultants to help select the three dozen participating wineries, a list that includes Clarksburg Wine Co., Michael David Winery and Revolution Wines. The Bee recently caught up with Corti to chat about what’s new and noteworthy when it comes to local wine. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Price slashed for Broderick Roadhouse’s ‘Off the Bridge’ dinner - But the owners of Broderick Roadhouse (319 6th St., West Sacramento) have now slashed its “Off the Bridge” price, which will now cost $40. This dinner debuted during 2013’s “Farm-to-Fork Week” festivities with a $45 cost, but rising production and food costs mandated a higher price this year. Matt Chong, the co-owner of Broderick Roadhouse, said he was hearing from folks that even the $75 cost had priced them out from buying a ticket. So, the price has been slashed and the event scaled back to a more intimate affair for 50 to 60 people, down from the 250 who attended last year. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Tractor parade signals start of 2014 farm-to-fork festivities - They rattled, rumbled, hummed, purred and roared in the midday sunshine Friday: Dozens of tractors – big and small, new and old – kicking off two weeks of farm-to-fork festivities with a homespun parade on Capitol Mall. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Raley Field pig roast ushers farm-to-fork celebrations - The aroma of roasted pork and a spirit of community greeted visitors on Sunday afternoon at Raley Field. FoodStock, hosted by Mulvaney’s B&L restaurant and a collective of local chefs, helped usher two weeks of celebrations of Sacramento as “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.” Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Stick a fork in it - I like farms, I sometimes use forks, and I often enjoy so-called “farm-to-fork” meals. Still, there’s something unsettling to me about the term “farm-to-fork.” Does it mean to imply that all the non-farm-to-fork-branded food I eat is from somewhere else besides a farm? Where can my food possibly be from if not a farm? If food’s not from a farm, why do we call it “food,” and why is it so delicious? There are so many unanswered questions—plus I keep imagining that the term was conceived at some stupid “branding” meeting led by marketing guys in suits. Then I picture people literally grabbing forks, heading to a farm and stabbing fresh produce. That’s farm-to-fork. Or would it be fork-to-farm? Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.

Pop-ups, cooking competitions coming to Mother - Finally, the already-established Madre Cerveceria will continue as a monthly Monday destination. The event pairs vegetarian Mexican fare with five fancy beers, curated by SN&R’s Nick Miller. It’s an informal, unpretentious way to learn a little more about beer while getting only slightly tipsy. The fifth rendition takes place Monday, Sept. 15 and costs $30 to attend—nab your tickets here. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

VIDEO: Tractors to parade down Capitol Mall for Farm to Fork - The 2nd annual Farm to Fork will kick off with a parade of tractors making their way across the Tower Bridge to the Capitol Mall. On KCRA Part 1 | Part 2.

VIDEO: Farm to Fork throws a block party in the Handle District - Thousands of people headed out to the Handle District in Sacramento to celebrate Farm to Fork’s Block Party. On KCRA.

VIDEO: Tractor Parade - The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau will usher in the 2014 Farm-to-Fork Celebration on Sept. 12 with the roar of more than three-dozen tractors chugging through downtown Sacramento. On Good Day Sac Part 1 | Part 2.

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